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Silence at Lockerbie bomber's door

No one is answering the door at the Lockerbie bomber's Tripoli villa, hidden behind tall walls in an upmarket neighbourhood of the capital.

A neighbour, Yousef Mohammed, said he saw the son of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in the street on Friday and assumed that the family had not left the area. No private guards or rebel fighters were visible in the quiet side street of walled villas.

Megrahi was convicted and imprisoned in Scotland for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people.

The Scottish government released Megrahi in 2009, believing he would soon die of cancer. He was greeted as a hero in his native Libya and met with then-leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Megrahi is the only person convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Britain's worst terrorist attack.

Mohammed, the neighbour, said he often saw Megrahi in the neighbourhood. "This guy is sick. All the time, I saw him in the (wheelchair)," he said.

Mohammed, a 30-year-old oil worker, said he and other neighbours did not believe Megrahi was involved in the Lockerbie bombing and that the family was well liked in the neighbourhood.

Usama el-Abed, the deputy chief of Tripoli's new city council, said he understood the sensitivity of the matter, but referred all questions about Megrahi to the rebels' interim government.

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