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Lockerbie release seen as flawed

GLASGOW—Scotland released the convicted Lockerbie bomber from prison in August 2009 on the grounds he likely had three months to live, even though there was no consensus among specialists treating his prostate cancer that his prognosis was so dire, according to publicly available documents and people familiar with the case.

Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi was released from prison on Aug. 20. 2009, because a medical report concluded that he had three months to live, qualifying him for Scottish guidelines on “compassionate release.” He was convicted in 2001 to a life sentence with a minimum 27 years imprisonment.

The prognosis was made by Andrew Fraser, a doctor who administers Scotland’s prison health service, and became the sole medical basis for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill’s controversial decision to set Mr. Megrahi free.

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