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British authorities revealed today they have lost track of the Lockerbie bomber in a major embarrassment to ministers in both London and Scotland.
Under the terms of his release from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August, Abdulbaset Ali al-Megrahi cannot leave Tripoli or change his address and must keep in regular contact with East Renfrewshire Council.
Libyan officials could not say where Megrahi was yesterday and his Scottish monitors could not contact him by telephone. They
LONDON — The British lawyer for Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi said Wednesday that his client was alive, contradicting a Sky News report that said he was dead.
Sky News television reported that the former Libyan intelligence agent, who is critically ill, had died, but attorney Tony Kelly said the report was untrue.
"He is alive, he is breathing," Kelly said, criticizing the Sky report.
"I hope they would publish an apology. I can't believe they would publish a report like that without putting it through the basic fact check."
Kelly refused to say exactly when he had last spoken to al-Megrahi or how he knew he was alive.
Sky News said unidentified sources had told it that the bomber had reportedly died, but coverage of al-Megrahi then disappeared from the program.
Sky did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Fears over the whereabouts of the Lockerbie bomber have been put to rest after British officials spoke to him at his home in Tripoli.