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The homecoming: Lockerbie bomber arrives in Tripoli

Publié par Clifford Armion le 21/08/2009

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Jonathan Brown

"The plane carrying the freed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi touched down on the tarmac at Tripoli's Mitiga airport shortly before 8pm yesterday, 10 years and four months after he was extradited from Libya to face trial for the murder of 270 people.

"Wearing a dark grey suit and burgundy tie, he emerged to see hundreds of people waving Libyan and Scottish flags and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with his face, while Libyan music played in the background. As he tentatively made his way down the steps to greet members of his family, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi who had accompanied Megrahi on his journey, punched the air.

"The scenes were a stark contrast to those at Glasgow airport hours earlier where, dressed in a long white tracksuit and baseball cap, his skin sallow and hair grey, he appeared a stooped and frail figure as he left British soil for the last time."

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"The homecoming: Lockerbie bomber arrives in Tripoli", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2009. Consulté le 29/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/the-homecoming-lockerbie-bomber-arrives-in-tripoli