Megrahi's doctor claims he provided "option", didn't instigate his compassionate release

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London, Aug 15 (ANI): Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's doctor, Karol Sikora, whose diagnosis of prostate cancer and prediction that he would die in three months time helped release him from Scotland's Greenock prison, has said that he just provided an "opinion" and would have been 'more vague' over the Libyan's health if he had known his opinion would have been treated as fact.

"If I could go back in time I would have probably been more vague and tried to emphasise the statistical chances and not hard fact," The Guardian quoted Dr. Sikora, as saying.

"What I find difficult is the idea I took the key and let him out. I provided an opinion, others provided an opinion, and someone else let him out. That decision of compassionate release is nothing to do with me. No one asked me, 'Should we let him out?' All they said was when do you think he will die?" he added.

Talking ahead of Friday's first anniversary of the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, Professor Karol Sikora strongly attacked the way his prognosis was portrayed.

The leading cancer specialist's claims are likely to re-ignite the row over the grounds on which al-Megrahi was released.

Meanwhile, team of four US senators conducting an inquiry into the release of the convicted is all set to bypass the UK and Scottish governments this week over the matter. (ANI)

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