Aug 20, 2009

Pan Am 103 bomber set free

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi (shown in photo taken at his trial) was convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing Pan Am flight 103 out of the sky above the Scottish town of Lockerbie two decades ago. Now he is free and heading home to Libya on Thursday after Scottish authorities set him free.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill ordered al Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds, saying he will be "going home to die."

He is suffering terminal prostate cancer and has three months to live, Scottish authorities said.

In the photos above rescue workers examine the nose of PanAm flight 103 near the town of Lockerbie, Scotland in December, 1988.

Just before Christmas in 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Scotland, killing all 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground. The plane was bound for New York from London.