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Longevity of Lockerbie bomber ‘embarrassing’

The doctor who said that the Lockerbie bomber had only months to live last night said he would not be surprised if he lived for another 10 years.

Cancer specialist Professor Karol Sikora said it was “embarrassing” that Abdel-basset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the deaths of 270 people in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish village, had lived longer than expected.

Al-Megrahi was released from his Scottish prison cell last August on the orders of Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

The Scottish Government claimed there was a “firm consensus” among medical experts that he would die within twelve weeks.

Cancer specialist Prof Sikora, who assessed the 58-year-old, admitted in comments published yesterday it was “embarrassing” he has lived much longer than expected.

He told The Sunday Times: “There was always a chance he could live for 10 years, 20 years... But it's very unusual.”

And he admitted: “It was clear that three months was what they were aiming for.”

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