Lawyer: Lockerbie bomber has prostate cancer

(FILES) Picture dated 18 February 1992 o
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi is escorted by security officers before a court hearing in this file photo from Feb. 18, 1992. The Libyan is appealing his conviction for the Lockerbie bombing.Manoocher Deghati / AFP/Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Libyan former intelligence agent convicted of the Lockerbie airline bombing has advanced cancer, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Lawyer Tony Kelly said that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month, and the disease has spread.

Al-Megrahi is serving a life sentence in a prison in Scotland for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988, which killed 270 people.

Al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, were prosecuted at the Hague in 2001 for carrying out the bombing. Fhimah was acquitted.

The victims included 180 Americans who were aboard London to New York flight when it was blown up over Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988.

Al-Megrahi has been trying to appeal his conviction.