SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 is near death in a Libyan hospital. The family of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi says he has been in a coma for two weeks. He suffers from pancreatic cancer.
Megrahi's release from a Scottish prison, on humanitarian grounds, raised protests from families of those killed in the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Among the dead were 35 Syracuse University students.
On the SU campus, New York's senior U.S. Senator says Megrahi's death should not mean an end to new investigative efforts in the case.
"And I think the investigation should continue. If he dies. Still, there has been wrongdoing. Terrible wrongdoing that's been alleged that has the smell of truth to it. And we ought to get to the bottom of it, once and for all," Senator Charles Schumer said.
Schumer calls the deal that freed Megrahi a trade of oil for justice for the families of the Pan Am 103 victims "despicable."