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Government plays down Lockerbie bomber claims
The Scottish Government says no decision has been made over the compassionate early release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We can confirm that no decision has been made
“Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is still considering all the representations in both cases and hopes to make a decision this month."
Al Megrahi is in the terminal stages of prostate cancer, and it has been reported that he will return home to Tripoli before the start of Ramadan on August 21. His return will also coincide with the 40th anniversary of the coming to power of Libya's leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.