[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/europe/08/18/lockerbie.appeal.granted/art.megrahi.gi.jpg caption="Convicted bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, pictured in 1992, has terminal cancer."]
CNN State Department Producer
Scottish court is expected to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi on compassionate grounds, senior State Department officials tell CNN.
Al Megrahi, 57, is suffering from terminal prostate cancer. He is serving a life sentence for bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.
The Scottish government has informally notified the State Department of the decision, the senior officials said. But they added the conditions of his release are still being finalized. The announcement is expected to be made at 1 p.m. Thursday (8 a.m. EST).
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has been considering two applications - one for Megrahi to be moved to Libya under a prisoner transfer agreement, and a separate one for him to be given compassionate early release to go home to die with his family.
The Pan Am flight exploded December 21, 1988, as it flew over Scotland on its way from London to New York. All 259 people aboard the plane died along with 11 Scots on the ground.
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