Scots Refuse U.S. Congressional Hearing Request On Lockerbie Release
July 23, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Scottish ministers and officials have denied an invitation by U.S. Congress members to be present at the opening of a hearing on the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.
Al-Megrahi originally made headlines after being jailed for the bombing of a Pan Am flight, which led to the deaths of 270 people. The majority of the victims were Americans flying over Scotland.
In 2009, he was released after serving a sentence since the 1988 massacre, on “compassionate grounds”. He was allegedly dying of cancer, and doctors claimed he had a few bed-ridden months to live. He was returned the Libya and greeted as a hero, where he is still living, his condition improved.
The Scottish government has denied claims that have surfaced of giving into pressure from British Petroleum, who are believed to have possibly lobbied for his release.
The Scots denied the invitation to attend hearing set by the U.S., but BP has said they are considering being in attendance, likely sue to their already tremulous position since the oil spill in the Gulf.
When asked why they would not be attending, a spokesperson for the invited Scottish MP’s was quoted by the BBC as saying:
“The Scottish Parliament’s justice committee has already undertaken a full inquiry into the decision on compassionate release, and the Westminster Scottish affairs committee has also examined the issue in terms of the formal inter-governmental relations that exist within the UK. That is right and proper.”