Lockerbie Bomber Featured in Libya Celebration

Video footage of the Lockerbie bomber's return to Libya was used Tuesday night as part of Muammar al-Qaddafi's extravagant celebration of 40 years in power.

A video clip showing Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi stepping off a plane from Scotland to a hero's welcome was played on a giant screen during the event in Tripoli.

The footage was featured alongside pictures of the revolution which brought Colonel Qaddafi to power in 1969 and Libya's achievements since.

The lavish celebration, which also included Italian aerobatic jets, paragliders with fireworks, dancers and horses, came as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced pressure to spell out his position on Megrahi's controversial release.

An official document emerged on Tuesday claiming that Libya was told that Brown wanted the Lockerbie bomber to die a free man.

Brown has refused to make his views public but Libyan negotiators were told he did not want to see Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, pass away in a Scottish prison.

Al-Megrahi, 57, was convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people — many of whom were American college students. Scotland freed him on compassionate grounds Aug. 20 after doctors said he had three months to live due to advanced prostate cancer.

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