[This is the headline over a short report from Associated Press just posted on the website of The Washington Post. It reads as follows:]
The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says the Lockerbie bomber released from a British prison on compassionate grounds is alive but very sick.
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi said following a speech in London on Tuesday that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi has "very serious health troubles."
Al-Megrahi, who has prostate cancer, is the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing of the Pan Am flight over Scotland, which killed 270 people. He was freed from a Scottish prison in August on compassionate grounds and returned to Libya.
Doctors gave him only three months to live when he was released.
Critics have accused British authorities of putting commercial interests in Libya ahead of concerns for the families of the victims - many of whom were American college students.
[A longer report giving more of the background has now (Thursday) been published on the African Press Agency website. It can be read here.]