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Clinton, Cameron Discuss Lockerbie Bomber Case

MUNICH (AP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Saturday he and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed in talks that the release from jail of the Lockerbie bomber was a mistake.

Cameron's office said the two discussed the case during a meeting at the Munich security conference.

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Scotland, which killed all 259 people aboard - mainly Americans - and 11 on the ground.

He was released by Scotland's government on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with cancer, and is currently receiving treatment in his native Libya.

A cable disclosed by WikiLeaks showed Britain's former government offered advice to Libya on securing al-Megrahi's release.

Cameron told Clinton a new report on the actions of the Scottish government - which authorized al-Megrahi's release - and British government could be completed as early as next week, according to a senior U.S. official.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private diplomatic conversation.


Matthew Lee contributed to this report.