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Civil rights: Lockerbie bomber set to sue UK for 'neglect'

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Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has warned the family of the Lockerbie bomber will sue the UK prison services over his 'neglect' in a Scottish jail.

Colonel Gaddafi told the news about the proposed civil rights law case to staff and students at the London School of Economics via video link on 2 December.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from Greenock prison on compassionate grounds in August 2009 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Al-Megrahi was given a life sentence after being convicted of murdering 270 passengers on Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988.

The Libyan returned to his homeland in last year where he is said to be very ill.

Colonel Gaddaffi is reported to have said: "His health was not looked after in prison. He didn`t have any periodic examination. I wish him a long life.

"After he passes away, his family will demand compensation because he was deliberately neglected in prison."

A spokesman for the Scottish Government reacted to the news and said: "The Scottish Government do not doubt the conviction of al-Megrahi. He was given the same high standard of NHS care as any other prisoner."

The statement was backed by a Scottish Prison Service spokesman, who said al-Megrahi "received the high standard of NHS care that anybody else would get in the prison system."

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