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Freed Lockerbie bomber in first hospital appearance: AFP

world Updated: Sep 09, 2009 19:26 IST

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Freed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi received a 150-strong African delegation in a Libyan hospital on Wednesday, his first public appearance since his admission with terminal cancer, an AFP correspondent reported.

Megrahi, who was controversially granted early release on August 20 by Scottish authorities on compassionate grounds, coughed repeatedly as he gave a 10 minute reception to the visiting African MPs.

Seated on a wheelchair, the 57-year-old, who has been diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer, looked very ill.

He was admitted to hospital in the capital Tripoli earlier this month less than a fortnight after his homecoming.

The hero’s welcome he was accorded by the Libyan authorities sparked a storm of protest from both Britain and the United States.

Megrahi is the only man ever convicted of the 1988 bombing of a PanAm airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie which killed 270 people.