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Lockerbie bomber drops second appeal

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Lockerbie bomber drops second appeal


The man jailed for carrying out the Lockerbie bombing has reportedly withdrawn his second appeal against his conviction.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, 57, who is dying of prostate cancer, must drop his appeal to be considered for repatriation under a prisoner transfer agreement signed by Britain and Libya. It follows intense media speculation that Scottish ministers were planning to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds, a move strongly opposed the U.S. government and many U.S relatives of those killed in the attack on the Pan Am plane. The court in Edinburgh will meet on Tuesday to consider the request to drop the appeal, according to his lawyers. All 259 people on board the flight died when it came down over the Scottish town in 1988. Eleven people on the ground were also killed.

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