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Lockerbie Bomber Could Live For 10 Years

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Fury as doctor who said Lockerbie bomber would die in three months admits: He could live for a decade

By Jack Doyle
5th July 2010

The cancer expert who predicted the Lockerbie bomber would die within three months of his release from prison has admitted he could live for another ten years or more.

Professor Karol Sikora, who had diagnosed Abdelbaset Al Megrahi with terminal cancer, faced calls to apologise to victims’ families last night

The Scottish government claimed there was a ‘firm consensus’ among medical experts that he would die within 12 weeks.

But there was widespread speculation the move was in fact part of an Anglo-Libyan trade deal – and unrelated to his terminal prostate cancer – after it emerged UK Government ministers had pushed for his release.

Cancer specialist Professor Sikora, who assessed the 58-year-old, admitted in comments published yesterday that it was ’embarrassing’ that Megrahi has lived much longer than expected.

He told the Sunday Times: ‘There was always a chance he could live for ten years, 20 years . . . But it’s very unusual.’

And he admitted: ‘It was clear that three months was what they were aiming for. Three months was the critical point.

‘On the balance of probabilities, I felt I could sort of justify (that).’

He denied he came any under pressure to deliver the diagnosis, but admitted: ‘It is embarrassing that he’s gone on for so long.’

‘There was a 50 per cent chance that he would die in three months, but there was also a 50 per cent chance that he would live longer.’

Funny, but we don’t recall hearing that at the time of this terrorist’s release.

He told the Daily Mail: ‘I really thought he would die much sooner than he has. All indications were that the disease was progressing rapidly.

It would have been very convenient if he had died within three months but he hasn’t and I will have to live with that.’

The suggestion that Megrahi, the only person convicted over the deaths of 270 people in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, could live another decade, was rubbished in Tripoli.

Sources said he was now relying on alternative medicine to battle prostate cancer, and would be unlikely to be alive next month to mark the one-year anniversary of his release

Well, we can all hope.

Still, isn’t it peculiar how there is seldom any mention of BP’s role in this scandal.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Lockerbie Bomber Could Live For 10 Years”

  1. Petronius says:

    Well, then. Has the East Renfrewshire Council found the Lockerbie bomber yet? Or are they still looking?

    Just wondering….

  2. proreason says:

    “There was a 50 per cent chance that he would die in three months, but there was also a 50 per cent chance that he would live longer”

    oh. understandable then.

    surely the relatives, friends, associates, and countrymen of the 270 victims will understand how such an understandable mistake could have been made.

    heh heh. easy come, easy go. the good news is that the monster who killed them will be living a fine life, thank you.

    and our good ally Libya certainly is greatly appreciative for that.

  3. Chuckk says:

    Even if he only lived 3 months he shouldn’t have been released to the life of a hero in Libya.

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