London, Nov 1 (ANI): Doctors assessment of the health of the Lockerbie bomber seems to have gone wrong and it may re-ignite the row over the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds, as cancer specialists predicted his death within three months.
The disclosure will re-ignite the row over the release of al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds three months ago despite his conviction for the murder of 270 people when Pan Am flight 103 exploded in mid-air over Lockerbie in 1988.
Megrahi, who is suffering terminal prostate cancer, was sent home to Libya to die after medical experts concluded in a report on July 30 that he had just three months left to live, The Telegraph reports.
The time span was crucial because only prisoners with three months or less to survive are eligible for release on compassionate grounds.
Within three weeks of the medical examination by Professor Karol Sikora, one of Britain's leading cancer specialists, Megrahi was put on a plane and sent home to Tripoli to die.
But three months on from Prof Sikora's diagnosis, Megrahi is well enough to "walk and talk" and shows no sign of deterioration; The Telegraph quoted a senior source involved in his release, as saying.
The source said: "His condition has not deteriorated in three months. He is pretty much in the same way as he was when this all started. He is just as he was. There is nothing that leads anyone to believe he is in any different condition to when he left Scotland."
A frail-looking Megrahi was able to walk with the aid of a stick when he arrived back in Tripoli, amid jubilant scenes in the Libyan capital that caused widespread anger in the US and elsewhere, the paper reports.
The source said that Megrahi is still able to talk and walk with a stick, contradicting claims from his family that he is edridden, unable to speak and near to death. (ANI)