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Council takes Lockerbie bail responsibility

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East Renfrewshire Council has confirmed it will be responsible for monitoring the bail conditions of the released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

Mr Megrahi went back to Libya after the Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill decided he should be released on the grounds of ill-health. Mr Megrahi has prostate cancer.

However, as Mr Megrahi’s family own a house in the Newton Mearns suburb of Glasgow, the bail address falls within East Renfrewshire’s boundaries, giving the council responsibility for monitoring the conditions of the bail licence.

A council spokesman confirmed criminal justice staff would conduct monthly interviews with Mr Megrahi via video conferences with Libya.

“This is in accordance with normal licence conditions for a prisoner out of the country,” said the spokesman, who also confirmed council staff would not be travelling to Libya to check on Mr Megrahi.

As well as owning the property, Mr Megrahi’s children also attended a local primary school.

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