Libyan rebels won't deport Lockerbie bomber

Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. (Photo: AP)

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - The Libyan rebels' interim government says it will not deport the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

The rebel Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi told journalists in Tripoli Sunday that no Libyan citizen would be deported, even Abdel-Baset al-Megrahi, who was convicted in a Scottish court and imprisoned for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which killed 270 people.

The Scottish government released al-Megrahi in 2009, believing he would soon die of cancer. He was greeted as a hero in his native Libya and met with then-leader Moammar Gadhafi.

His current whereabouts are unknown.