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Report: Lockerbie Bomber in Deteriorating Health

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Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was sent to a hospital in Libya Saturday because of his deteriorating health, news service Agence France-Presse reported Saturday night.

At left: A 2002 file photo of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

The AFP reported that the prostate cancer afflicting Megrahi has spread through his body.

"A scan has shown a worsening of the disease which has spread more than before," the AFP quoted a bulletin from the Tripoli Medical Center where Megrahi is being treated.

The AFP also reported from the bulletin that Megrahi was coughing and vomiting when he arrived at the hospital Saturday. The bulletin also said Megrahi was suffering from "secondary effects" of his chemotherapy treatments.

"His condition was examined Saturday by a team of European experts who agreed on the continuation of chemotherapy sessions while also administering other medicaments to treat the disease," the AFP quoted the hospital saying in the first bulletin it released since Megrahi's release from Scotland in August.

This isn't the first story to be reported about Megrahi's health since he returned to Libya. In October, London's Sky News falsely reported that the bomber had died.

Scottish authorities , a Libyan intelligence agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing in which 270 people were killed, in August.

The decision to free Megrahi, terminally ill with prostate cancer, and let him be flown home to Libya and when Pan Am flight 103 exploded.

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com