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Family hopes Lockerbie bomber 'will beat cancer'

world Updated: Feb 28, 2010 15:55 IST
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Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi

The family of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, hopes that he can defeat cancer, which created a compassionate ground for his early release from a Scottish prison six months ago.

Al-Megrah was the only man convicted in December 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 blast over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground.

The 57-year-old Libyan, who was sentenced to life in 2001, was released from jail last August after doctors said he had only three months to live. Megrahi is battling a serious prostate cancer.

His elderly father, Ali, who keeps a vigil at his son’s side at the family’s home in Tripoli, said he was hoping for a "miracle" to happen.

"A close relative was diagnosed with a similar disease and he was treated and recovered completely. We hope that Adbelbaset recovers his health as well," he was quoted as saying.

"I think that the sick are not just cured by medicine, but also having a high morale and a sense of freedom, and these were not available to Abdelbaset in prison."

He also said that his son was working on his autobiography and remains determined to prove that he had nothing to do with the Lockerbie bombing of 22 years ago, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Earlier reports said Megrahi was living in a luxury villa six months after he was released from jail on compassionate grounds and he no longer receives treatment after ending the course of chemotherapy that he had been given after returning to his homeland last August.