Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi received a rousing welcome in his first public appearance — as warm as the hero's welcome he enjoyed after returning to his native Libya.
Megrahi, looking frail behind a surgeon's mask and being pushed in a wheelchair, received a standing ovation from a group of African parliamentary members who had gathered in the hospital where Megrahi is receiving cancer treatment, the BBC reported.
A small stage was constructed in Tripoli's medical center. As many as 40 African MPs — who are in Libya to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the African Union — greeted the convicted Lockerbie bomber, congratulating him on his freedom and expressing their "solidarity," the BBC reported.
"He is the victim of international injustice and a policy of double standards," Speaker of the African Union parliament Idriss Ndele Moussa told the BBC.
Megrahi's release by Scottish authorities in August on "compassionate grounds" sparked international outrage.
Megrahi is the only person convicted of blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988, killing 270 people.