Access to Libyan Oil Part of Deal for the Lockerbie Bomber’s Freedom?

August 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Freed by the Scottish government on supposed compassionate grounds because doctors say his prostate cancer will kill him within three months, convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi flew home from a Scottish prison on Thursday.  Convicted for killing 270 people in the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, many in the west were outraged to see Megrahi, who still claims to be completely innocent receive a “hero’s welcome” when he landed in Tripoli.The international furor deepened today after he was seen embracing Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. FBI Director Robert Mueller has now spoken out saying Scotland’s actions, gives comfort to terrorists around the world and makes a “mockery of the rule of law.”

“I am outraged at your decision,” Mueller said in a letter to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill dated Aug. 21 and posted on the FBI’s Web site. “Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder.”

Meanwhile the UK press wonders, if Britain may have traded Megrahi in return for lucrative deals with the energy-rich North African nation. Some oil analysts and Libya watchers said they suspected that British officials had tacitly made it known to Libyan officials that they would not object to Scotland releasing Megrahi. On Friday, Lord Trefgarne, chairman of the Libyan British Business Council, said Mr. Megrahi’s release had opened the way for Britain’s leading oil companies to pursue multibillion-dollar oil contracts with Libya. Supporting those assertions, Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Speaking on Libyan television, said Mr Blair raised the Megrahi case repeatedly to smooth the way for British firms to tap into Libya’s energy reserves.

He told the Al Mutawassit channel: ‘In all commercial contracts, for oil and gas with Britain, (Megrahi) was always on the negotiating table.’

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  1. Lockerbie bomber has perhaps eight months to live not three? | ChattahBox News Blog on August 25th, 2009 8:34 pm

    […] UK press wonders, if Britain may have traded Megrahi in return for lucrative deals with the energy-rich North African nation. Medical reports are now casting “significant doubts” […]

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