Obviously while sick, he wasn't quite as sick as everyone was led to believe when he was released in 2009 by the British government. Whether the release was a deal related to oil drilling rights for British companies or the sometimes debated issue of innocence is not yet clear. British PM David Cameron has rejected calls for an inquiry so it may be a number of years until we fully know the truth.
As it stands today, a convicted murderer was wrongly released. Megrahi, while very sick, enjoyed the luxury of living out his final years in the comfort of his own home rather than rotting in prison. The 259 people aboard the Pan Am flight never had such an opportunity and were then sold out by the political class.
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence official who was sentenced to life in prison in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, has died, the Libyan government said on Sunday. He was 60.
The bombing of the Dec. 21, 1988 Pan Am transatlantic flight to New York from London as it flew over Lockerbie, Scotland killed 270 people--259 people on board and 11 people on the ground--making it the world's deadliest act of terror until the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection with the bombing, had long maintained his innocence. He was sentenced to life in a Scottish prison in 2001. Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, another Libyan intelligence official charged in the bombing, was found not guilty.