Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi, the Libyan man convicted of killing 270 people in the 1988 explosion of a Pan American jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, said his role in the incident was exaggerated by the West and that the truth would be revealed soon, according to a Monday report by Reuters, which interviewed him in a Tripoli hospital on Sunday. The former intelligence agent for deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi was released from a Scottish prison two years ago after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and told the news agency that he only has up to a few months to live. He also said, "The facts will become clear one day and hopefully in the near future. In a few months from now, you will see new facts that will be announced."
Al-Megrahi's family says his connection with Qaddafi has made them a target for retribution by the new government. The rebels said in August that they would not extradite Megrahi, explaining he had already been judged once and that turning Libyan citizens over to the West was the kind of thing Qaddafi would do.