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Ruling favors man in Lockerbie blast

August 19, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A terminally ill Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, moved closer to being released from his Scottish prison when a court agreed that he could drop an appeal against his conviction.

The Scottish ruling removed a legal hurdle that prevented Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi from being transferred to a prison in his homeland.

His release is opposed by the relatives of many victims, who say Megrahi should stay behind bars for the attack that killed 270 people.

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