Lockerbie bomber plans tell-all book: report

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The Lockerbie bomber is planning to write an auto-biography to "proclaim his innocence" by disclosing new information behind Britain's deadliest terrorist attack, a report said Monday.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi was working on the book that would detail his life behind bars and reveal all he knows about the 1988 bombing that killed 270 people, the Times said.

"He'll be writing a book to proclaim his innocence," said Libya's official envoy to Scotland, Abdurrhman Swessi.

The newspaper said Megrahi's lawyers had collected information for an appeal in the Scottish courts before his release on compassionate grounds last week.

The book is expected to be used as Megrahi's platform to argue that he was framed for the crime.

Scotland's justice minister decided to release ailing Megrahi from prison on compassionate grounds last Thursday, sparking a furious reaction from the United States.

Megrahi is the only person convicted over the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. The majority of the victims were American.

Megrahi, who returned to his family in Libya, has terminal prostate cancer and doctors have said he has only about three months to live.

His release, and dropping of his appeal, raised fears among some relatives of victims that questions about whether others were involved in the atrocity may never be answered.

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