- Associated Press - Monday, May 21, 2012

TRIPOLI (AP) — The only man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has been buried with little fanfare near the Libyan capital with just under 100 family members and passers-by in attendance.

Monday’s quiet funeral in Tripoli stands in stark contrast to the hero’s welcome Abdel Baset al-Megrahi received three years ago from his patron, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, upon his return to Libya after serving eight years of a life sentence in Scotland.

To the outrage of victims’ relatives, Scottish authorities released al-Megrahi on humanitarian grounds in 2009 after doctors predicted an early death from prostate cancer.

The midair attack that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland claimed the lives of 270 people. Until his death at 60, al-Megrahi claimed he was innocent.

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