The Scottish government says a decision has been reached in the case of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and will be announced Thursday.

A statement released Wednesday says Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill has "informed families and other interested parties that he has reached his decisions on the applications for prisoner transfer and compassionate release."

A Scottish government spokeswoman says the minister's decision will not be released before Thursday.

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Al-Megrahi was the sole person convicted in 2001 of taking part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988. He has terminal cancer.

Some families have been angry over the possibility that al-Megrahi could be returned to Libya.