Libyan covicted of Lockerbie bombing denied bail
A Libyan convicted of bombing an airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people, was denied bail by a Scottish court.world Updated: Nov 14, 2008 16:30 IST
A Libyan convicted of bombing an airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people, was denied bail by a Scottish court on Friday.
Lawyers for Abdel Basset al-Megrahi earlier this month asked the court to free him on bail because he has cancer, pending the outcome of an appeal against his conviction.
Megrahi was convicted of blowing up a Pan Am jumbo jet as it flew from London to New York on Dec. 18, 1988, killing all 259 people on board, including 189 Americans. Eleven residents of the town of Lockerbie were killed by falling wreckage.
Megrahi, 56, a former Libyan intelligence agent, was convicted in 2001 after a trial held in the Netherlands under Scottish law and sentenced to life in prison. An initial appeal was rejected in 2002.
A Scottish criminal review body decided last year that Megrahi was entitled to another appeal on the grounds that he might have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
First Published: Nov 14, 2008 16:26 IST