Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Megrahi 'very sick', says his son

[This is the headline over a report just published on the BBC News website.  It reads in part:]

The son of the Lockerbie bomber has told the BBC that his family believe he is innocent of the atrocity and that one day everyone will know the truth.

The BBC was invited to the home of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

His son Khalid al-Megrahi said he wanted to show the people of Scotland how sick his father was. (...)

Megrahi's son told the BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen: "He is so sick. If you see him now and compare with before you will see his body has become very ill and weak."

He said Megrahi had stopped eating and was in a deep sleep most of the time.

Khalid al-Megrahi said: "I want everybody, especially in the UK and in Scotland to see my dad. 

"On the news some people say he is not sick and he is not at home. 

"I want you to see him, he cannot move from his room."

His son also insisted that Megrahi was not guilty of the Lockerbie atrocity.

He said: "He believes and we know that everybody will see the truth. I know my father is innocent and one day his innocence will come out."

Asked about the people who died in the bombing, he said: "We feel sorry about all the people who died. We want to know who did this bad thing. We want to know the truth as well."

[A report from The Press Association news agency contains the following:]

On Tuesday night, his son Khalid al-Megrahi said the family had allowed access to the BBC to their home in Tripoli to see how the cancer is affecting him.

In an interview with the BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, he said: "He's very ill and he's now in deep sleep and he's stopped eating and we try to support him just by sitting next to him and we pray to God to stay as long as...

"I want everybody, especially in UK and specific in Scotland, to see my dad, how he's doing. He's so sick, because I see in the news some people say he's not sick and some people say he's not at home and some people say he's run away. But I would say I want you to come to see my dad and he can't move from his room."

The footage showed Megrahi lying on a bed with a machine monitoring his heartbeat. Last month Megrahi's relatives allowed a reporting team from American news channel CNN to enter the house and film him in his bed.

Speaking about the Lockerbie bombing, Khalid said: "I really feel sorry because we are the same, we have family and we have brother, we have sister and we feel sorry about all the people die but we want to know the truth as well."

Speaking on BBC Reporting Scotland from Tripoli, Mr Bowen said: "The son I spoke to has spent a lot of time in Scotland, he told me, and he speaks English well as a result of that and so he certainly believes that their message that he's a, sick, and b, innocent and c, dying, needs to get through."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "Mr Al-Megrahi is an extremely sick man, dying of terminal prostate cancer, and matters regarding his medical condition should really be left there. It is in no one's interest for there to be a running commentary on Mr Al-Megrahi's medical condition, and we have no intention of providing one. As is abundantly clear, Scotland's Justice Secretary granted compassionate release to Mr Al-Megrahi according to the due process of Scots law, and without regard to any other factor."


  1. The Lockerbie Bomber is in a coma...he's not in a coma...he's in a coma...oops...he's not...

    Well, looky here! Awake and converting 100% oxygen on the diagnostic panel on the Pulse Oximeter Oxygen Saturation indicator. Hell, mine is not that good...

    The Scottish lied about this guy being near death.


    He's ALIVE!!! Lo and behold! Who'd have thunk it?!?!

    One day closer to winning that bet.

  2. I have it on good authority, Michael,that Kenny MacAskill ordered top plastic surgeons over to Tripoli to work on Meraghi's face to make him look like he's dying. I also know someone who knows a Libyan guy who sees Megraghi jogging along Tripoli beach every morning. Also, I know a guy who knows a guy who drinks in the same pub as one of the sculptors at Madame Tussauds who says one of his colleagues has a contract to mould a model of Megraghi's corpse next month so the Scots can announce he's dead when he is, in fact, very much alive. You've got to hand it to the Scots, Michael, they're cunning bastards. Evil, but cunning!

  3. I concur. The Scots are neither clever nor cunning.

    Fact: Megrahi lives. (Remember, he was in a coma a few days ago...and 'near death'..." Apparently, he was just shattered.

    My postulation: He will live for quite a while.

    By the way, you do realize that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit and the highest form of ignorance?

  4. Quite clearly a man in fine fettle. And armed with nothing more than crude UN weapons and brand new oil contracts the 'rebels' have freed the people of oppression and Megrahi of his pills. It's a story to give us all hope.

    Hardly worth a note if indeed this is nothing more than, just as occurs all accross the globe each day, it was an innocent man dying of cancer.

    However, Mr Megrahi's is someone quite clearly and obviously of note, especially to those who continue to uphold their belief in his guilt of the crime of killing 270 innocent people.

    Now, if only they could apply the same cynicism and scepticism to the 'evidence' presented that allowed this conviction, or even muster some form of coherent argument in support of the conviction (and theirs), then perhaps, just perhaps, disquiet over his prognosis would be lent some credibility.

    Sadly I, much like Mr Megrahi whom it causes much irritation to some, will not hold my breath for such an eventuality.

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  6. Michael, that's the first time I've received a lecture from a man who bets on when a cancer sufferer is going to die.
    What, exactly, is your position; that Megraghi doesn't have cancer at all? In which case the Tripoli air doesn't seem to agree with him these days as he looks much worse than I do after a hard night on the Bruichladdich.
    Or perhaps that he has cancer but, for reasons best known to himself, he feels the need to have the world believe that it is much further on than it really is? This in spite of the fact that the new "government" has made it clear that he is going nowhere.
    Whichever it is I hope you win your bet so I join you in declaring: Long Live Abdelbaset al-Megraghi!