Prisoners' rights are well developed and compassionate release more common in Britain than in America, say experts.
A decision on whether the apparently ill terrorist should be released or transferred is expected soon. The Libyan was given a life sentence for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
The Libyan intelligence agent convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 drew closer to release from a British jail on Tuesday when a procedural hurdle was removed.
Two passengers' names match those of Al Qaeda suspects, reports say. But experts caution that it's too early to tell if the link is legitimate.