27 February 2011 VOA News A former Libyan justice minister tells a British newspaper that Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi blackmailed Moammar Gadhafi into getting him out of a Scottish prison.
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil tells London's Sunday Times that al-Megrahi threatened to “reveal everything” unless Mr. Gadhafi worked to free him.
Abdel-Jalil told Sweden's Expressen newspaper last week that
Mr. Gadhafi has always denied knowing about plans for the bombing, but he accepted responsibility on behalf of Libya in 2003.
Al-Megrahi is the only person convicted for the Lockerbie bombing. Scotland freed him from prison on humanitarian grounds in 2009 when doctors said he had cancer and only months to live. He remains alive and free in Libya, infuriating the Pan Am victims' families.