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Decision to release bomber explained


Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill explains his decision to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

He said the Libyan, who has terminal prostate cancer, would be allowed to return to his homeland.

The 57-year-old was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988.


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