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Senators want Lockerbie man's data

US senators have called on the Scottish government to release the Lockerbie bomber's full medical records.

In a letter to First Minister Alex Salmond, they also asked the Scottish government to release the names, medical training and specialisations of the doctors who examined Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.

It comes exactly a year after the medical report which led to Megrahi being released on compassionate grounds went to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. The Libyan, who has cancer, was diagnosed with three months to live and was freed on August 20 last year.

Andrew Fraser, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) director of health and care, said in the report no specialist "would be willing to say" if a three-month prognosis was reasonable.

The four senators said that examining the Libyan's full medical records would help clarify the circumstances surrounding his release. They asked for the release of all medical documentation for Megrahi while under Scottish care and after.

In the letter, signed by US senators Robert Menendez, Kirsten Gillibrand, Frank Lautenberg and Charles Schumer, they wrote: "We understand that an extensive medical record was used as the basis of the decision to release Mr al-Megrahi, but only one three-page medical document with redactions has been released by the Scottish Government."

The Libyan is the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing of PanAm flight 103 which killed 270 people. Despite the three-month prognosis, it is now almost one year since Megrahi was released from prison.

Their call comes on the day Scottish Labour also asked the Scottish government to name the doctors who provided medical advice for the report, and the full facts surrounding the medical evidence of Megrahi's release.

In their letter the US senators said: "It is clear that there was no consensus among specialists treating al-Megrahi's prostate cancer that he had only three months to live. The medical progress report from August 10, 2009 reveals that whether or not prognosis is more or less than three months, no specialist 'would be willing to say'."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We have received the letter and will reply in due course. It was Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Health and Care of the Scottish Prison Service, who concluded in his report to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice that his clinical assessment was that a three-month prognosis was a reasonable estimate. Dr Fraser is a professional of unimpeachable integrity."


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