Back in 2009, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland was released from prison on "compassionate" grounds, ostensibly because he was expected to die from prostate cancer within three months. (The real reason, according to a U.S. Senate report, had to do with lucrative Libyan oil contracts sought by British-based oil giant BP.) Upon his return to Tripoli, al-Megrahi received a hero's welcome, and he's been living in luxury ever since. But in August, he told CNN he really is so totally going to die soon. And now he's giving ONE FINAL INTERVIEW, before disappearing into Al Capone's vault for good.
In the interview, which was published in several UK newspapers today, al-Megrahi declared, "I am an innocent man. I am about to die and I ask now to be left in peace with my family." He also claimed to have never met the Maltese shopkeeper who helped identify him at his trial; the man claimed that al-Megrahi had bought clothes from him, fragments of which were found among the plane wreckage.
246 people were killed in the bombing, and the 23rd anniversary was observed in a memorial service yesterday. Scotland's lord advocate, Frank Mulholland, was in attendance, and he earlier met with FBI director Robert Mueller and US attorney general Eric Holder to discuss opportunities for continuing the investigation into the bombing in Libya.
"I think I would be failing in my duty if I didn't properly seek to take advantage of the opportunity that has opened up with the fall of Gaddafi," Mulholland told the Guardian. "I am determined to get the answers these families deserve... Justice has only partly been done. The evidence pointed to it being an act of state-sponsored terrorism. Al-Megrahi was a member of the Libyan security service - it is risible to think that he acted alone. What we want to do is bring the others to book." Somewhere in Libya, a bunch of aging terrorists are about to come down with a bad case of "cancer."