Sunday, May 20, 2012
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the convicted killer of 270 people — 259 people aboard Pan Am flight 103 and 11 others, residents of the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, finally died of cancer. He was 60.
In 2001, al-Megrahi was convicted of putting Semtex plastic explosive in a Toshiba Bombeat radio cassette player on the Pan Am Boeing 747-100. The massive jetliner exploded shortly after departing London Heathrow en route to New York Kennedy International Airport.
Among the victims were 189 Americans. The passenger manifest included a large number of high school students from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Scotland freed him in 2009 on compassionate grounds because he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer and thought to have months to live. It turned out he had 48 months to live.
NY Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday criticized the Scottish government for allowing al-Megrahi to die a free man in what he said “smelled of a deal for oil.”