Lockerbie bomber’s family to sue Scotland over ‘medical neglect’ in jail: GaddafiDecember 3rd, 2010 - 6:04 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 3(ANI): Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has revealed that the family of Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi is preparing a multi-million pound compensation claim against Scotland for false imprisonment and medical neglect.
Megrahi was the only man convicted of 270 counts of murder for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The 58-year-old was freed on compassionate grounds by the Scottish government in August 2009 after a medical report said that he had terminal prostate cancer and was expected to have less than three months to live
However, over a year on, Megrahi is still alive and living in Tripoli.
“He was released because he was considered dead, and yet he is still alive,” the Scotsman quoted Gaddafi, as saying.
“His health was not looked after during his time in prison. He didn’t have any periodic examination. After he passes away his family will demand compensation because he was deliberately neglected in prison,” he added.
Gaddafi further reiterated claims that Megrahi was innocent of the Lockerbie bombing despite the dropping of his appeal against the conviction.
“The charges directed towards Libya were based on unfounded evidence in an attempt to weaken the Libyan Revolution and limit its resources and abilities,” he said.
Megrahi had served his Scottish jail sentence at Greenock’s Gateside Prison, where he had his own private suite and enjoyed luxuries such as satellite television, paid for with Libyan government money.
Meanwhile, claims of neglect in jail have sparked an angry response in Scotland.
Bill Aitken, Tory justice spokesman, said: “Many will find it quite offensive to suggest that the Scottish Prison Service or the Scottish justice system denies any prisoner the appropriate treatment for any condition.”
“Colonel Gaddafi can say what he likes, but as Megrahi seems to be taking an inordinate time to die it seems it will be some time before any action is initiated,” he added. (ANI)
- Lockerbie bomber's family to sue Britain - Dec 03, 2010
- 1988 Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi dies in Tripoli - May 20, 2012
- Colonel Gaddafi personally ordered Lockerbie bombing: Ex- Justice Minister - Feb 24, 2011
- Libya to celebrate anniversary of Lockerbie bomber's release - Aug 16, 2010
- Lockerbie bomber Megrahi speaks English with Scottish accent - Aug 22, 2010
- Lockerbie bomber's cancer at very advanced stage, says Gaddafi's son - May 26, 2010
- Libyan Justice Minister Al-Jleil says Gaddafi ordered Lockerbie bombing - Feb 23, 2011
- U.S. presidential candidate Romney calls on Libyan rebels to extradite Lockerbie bomber - Aug 23, 2011
- Lockerbie bomber found at mother's house - Aug 29, 2011
- Britain warns Libya over Lockerbie bomber celebration - Aug 20, 2010
- Lockerbie bomber's release 'manipulated' by Scottish government: US senators - Sep 30, 2010
- 'Lockerbie bomber close to dying' - Dec 09, 2010
- Lockerbie bomber is alive - nine months after being freed - May 20, 2010
- Lockerbie bomber who killed 270 is dead - May 20, 2012
- Britain advised Libya on Lockerbie bomber's release: WikiLeaks - Feb 01, 2011
Tags: bill aitken, colonel gaddafi, compassionate grounds, false imprisonment, less than three months, libyan government, libyan revolution, life imprisonment, lockerbie bombing, medical neglect, muammar al gaddafi, pan am flight 103, pan am flight 103 over lockerbie scotland, private suite, report said that, satellite television, scotland bill, scottish government, scottish jail, scottish prison service