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U.S. wants Lockerbie bomber deal


AMERICA wants Libyan rebels to capture the Lockerbie bomber two years after he was freed – so he can face justice in the States, it was claimed yesterday.

The secret deal between President Barack Obama and Libyan rebel leaders would see Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, 59, detained by opposition troops and then handed to US Special Forces.

Americans and families of the plane bomber’s victims were outraged after the Scottish Government freed him on “compassionate grounds”. He seemingly only had three months to live with cancer.

That decision sparked worldwide fury. Now Mr Obama wants Megrahi to face trial in the US in exchange for continued US support of Libyan rebel forces.

A White House insider yesterday said: “If he’s found guilty here, he faces life in jail without parole.”

Megrahi bombed a Heathrow to New York flight above Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270.

He is said to be living in good conditions in Tripoli.

Meanwhile, Libya’s rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil – Colonel Gaddafi’s ex justice minister – said the Mad Dog could retire peacefully on Libyan soil if he quits and agrees to international supervision.

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