Lockerbie families' anger as bomber al-Megrahi gets ministerial visit

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Lockerbie victim families expressed anger today after the Scottish Justice Secretary made an unprecedented visit to the bomber in prison as speculation grew that he could be returned to Libya.

Kenny MacAskill met with Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, at Greenock Prison, as part of ongoing deliberations about his future. It is thought to be the first time a senior Holyrood minister has visited a convicted killer in jail.

In May, Libyan authorities applied for al-Megrahi's repatriation under the terms of a controversial prisoner transfer deal agreed by Tripoli and the UK. That request was followed last week by a separate application for al-Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds. He is suffering from prostate cancer and his condition is now said to be terminal.

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