Megrahi's cancer was neglected in British jail: Kadhafi

8th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi accused Britain of having deliberately neglected the ailing health of jailed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, state news agency JANA reported on Wednesday.

"We regret the fact they took no interest in his health and they did not give him regular medical checkups until the cancer had set in," he said.

"If he dies, the family will call for those ... who neglected him deliberately to be put on trial," said Kadhafi, adding that Megrahi's health had now "deteriorated badly."

Megrahi was the only person convicted over the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over the Scottish village of Lockerbie that killed 270 people.

He was released in August 2009 on compassionate grounds after doctors diagnosed him with prostate cancer and gave him just three months to live, sparking anger in the United States.

More than a year later he remains alive in Tripoli.

According to confidential US cables released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday, Britain faced threats from Libya of dire economic and political consequences if the Libyan died in a Scottish prison.

© 2010 AFP

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