Abdulbasit al Megrahi was taken to a private hospital in Libya. His brother said, "His health began to deteriorate quickly and we were worried about him, so took him immediately to the hospital where he is receiving a blood transfusion."
The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people was transferred to hospital today after his health deteriorated quickly, his brother said in a Reuter’s report.
Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Megrahi killing all passengers and 11 on the ground when the plane crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland. He was convicted in 2001 of the bombing.
In a controversial action, Britain freed him in 2009 on compassionate grounds because he was suffering from advanced terminal prostate cancer and thought to have months to live.
Many of the victims relatives were angered at his release. 189 of the passengers were Americans, and President Obama criticized the action at the time together with other American politicians.
“Megrahi, who served as an intelligence agent during the rule of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, denied any role in suspected human rights abuses in his home country before Gaddafi's fall and death in a popular uprising last year.”