A Scottish court has denied bail to a Libyan man with terminal cancer who was convicted of the 1988 bombing of a U.S. airliner that killed 270 people.

The former Libyan intelligence agent, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, is currently serving a life sentence for being part of a group that planted a bomb on a Pan Am 747 that crashed over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.

His lawyers argued he does not have long to live and deserves to be treated with compassion.

The court turned down the man's application for release saying he stands convicted of a serious atrocity.  It added that his condition is stable and he is receiving full medical care.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.