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Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, seems likely to be released from prison and sent home on compassionate grounds.
The 57-year-old, who has terminal prostate cancer, is to be released imminently according to Frank Rubino, an American lawyer who worked on his defence team during his trial.
Megrahi was sentenced to life under Scottish law for blowing up a Pan Am airliner over the town of Lockerbie in Scotland as it flew to New York on Dec. 1988. All 259 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground were killed.
Rubino told Sky television that he had been told that the Libyan would be allowed to go home “in the very near future.”