Lockerbie Bomber Was Released From Prison Early for Financial Reasons, Senate Report Says
December 22, 2010
Lockerbie, Scotland (ChattahBox World News)—British officials may have announced that they released the Lockerbie bomber from prison early due to humanitarian reasons, but the real purpose was to avoid losing millions in oil deals, a new Senate report suggests. According to the report, Libya threatened to shut BP out of large oil transactions unless Scotland released convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed al-Megrahi, the N.Y. Daily News reports.
Al-Megrahi was released in August 2009 on compassionate grounds following reports that he had three months to live with his prostate cancer diagnosis, and all indications at the time were that he was “sent home to die,” the Daily News notes. However, 16 months have passed since his release and al-Megrahi continues to live in a luxury villa in Tripoli.
Al-Megrahi was considered one of the masterminds of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which crashed in Lockerbie Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988, killing 259 on board and 11 on the ground, the Daily News reports. Scottish officials rejected the Senate report, sticking to their original assertion that al-Megrahi’s release was simply a compassionate gesture.