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Convicted Lockerbie Bomber To Be Buried


Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi attending a pro-government rally in Tripoli back in July, 2011.

Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi attending a pro-government rally in Tripoli back in July, 2011.

The convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is due to be buried today, one day after dying a free man in Libya following a long battle with cancer that prompted his release from a Scottish prison on humanitarian grounds.

Megrahi was the only person convicted over the killing of 270 people in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland.

A Scottish court released him from prison in 2009, believing he had only months to live, sparking anger among the families of victims, most of them American.

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Reacting to the news of Megrahi's death, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the former Libyan intelligence officer should never have been freed.

The Scottish government said it will keep on investigating the bombing despite Megrahi's death.

Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, said prosecutors have always believed that Megrahi did not act alone in the bomb plot.

Based on AP and Reuters reporting
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