Scottish officials contact Lockerbie bomber's family
Scottish officials in charge of overseeing the Lockerbie bomber's parole said Monday that contact had been established with his family at the weekend.
The Scottish government and East Renfrewshire Council said Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi had not breached his parole conditions but did not confirm claims that he was close to death at his family's Tripoli home.
"Over the course of the weekend, there has been contact through Mr al-Megrahi's family," said a joint statement from the government and the council.
"There was no evidence of a breach of his licence conditions, and his medical condition is consistent with someone suffering from terminal prostate cancer."
It added: "As has always been said, Megrahi is dying of a terminal disease, and matters regarding his medical condition should really be left there."
Contact was made with the family via email and the message's authenticity was quickly established, a council source said.
The job to keep tabs on Megrahi fell to East Renfrewshire Council because his family had a home in the area.
His parole conditions include informing council officials before changing address in Libya, providing a monthly medical report, and not travelling outside Libya without the council's permission, according to his release agreement.
Megrahi was the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet which killed 270 people when it blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
The Scottish government took the decision to free the Libyan, who was in Greenock prison in the west of Scotland, on compassionate grounds on August 20, 2009, saying he had only three months to live due to cancer.
He had served just eight years of a minimum 27-year sentence for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
His brother Abdel Nasser told reporters Monday outside the family home in an upmarket Tripoli district that Megrahi was drifting in and out of a coma.
Earlier, the CNN news network quoted Megrahi's son Khaled as saying his father was "surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip" under the care of his family.
© 2011 AFP