Megrahi to be buried in Libya

For his family, courted by Gaddafi before last year's revolt and by foreign journalists since, the death offered closure.

Megrahi to be buried in Libya

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of a PanAm flight over Lockerbie will be buried on Monday in a quiet ceremony that Libyans hope will allow them to leave behind the controversy that surrounded him in life.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who always said he was not responsible for bringing down the jumbo jet on the Scottish town and killing 270 people, died in his bed in Tripoli on Sunday surrounded by family.

His release from jail in 2009 caused huge controversy in Britain and the United States, where most of the victims were from. But his death at 60 from cancer barely made the television news in Libya, where people are focused on reconstruction after overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed war last year.

For his family, courted by Gaddafi before last year's revolt and by foreign journalists since, the death offered closure.

"I myself heard Abdul Basset always saying that if God gives me life and health I will appeal my case and prove my innocence," his cousin Rashed Megrahi said. "We see his death as a mercy - he has rested and so have we."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Mayıs 2012, 14:10

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