He was supposed to live only three more months, hence his release on compassionate grounds. Seven months later, we learn he could live for another five years:
THE Lockerbie bomber is at the center of a fresh row after it emerged he is taking a cancer drug that could keep him alive for five more years.
Terminally ill Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was prescribed chemotherapy treatment Taxotere after returning to Libya, The Sun reports.
But on Sunday it was reported he wasn’t given the drug while he was in Greenock prison in Scotland – amid claims he could have been kept behind bars if he had taken the medication.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror reports that he is penning his memoirs in an adoring country where babies are being named after him:
The freed Lockerbie bomber is having babies named after him by hero-worshipping countrymen, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.
And Abdul-Basset Al-Megrahi – released last summer when said to be near death – is now in such good health that he is penning his life story in the plush home where he has been visited by an astonishing 30,000 well-wishers.
The Sunday Mirror has also learned that the 57-year-old is receiving a substantial income from the Libyan government. . . . [I]n remarks which will boost suspicions that he was freed to re-start UK-Libya trade, Al-Megrahi’s brother Mohammed Ali said: “My brother sacrificed 10 years of his life to assist in the lifting of the economic blockade against Libya.”
It’s terrible, the way the poor man made all those sacrifices, isn’t it?
UNRELATED REMINDER: 270 people died in the bombing: 259 on the plane and 11 on the ground.