POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the truth is known … Brits pressured Scotland to release the Lockerbie bomber who was convicted of killing 270 people, many of them Americans

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 22, 2010

An investigation by U.S. senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg of NJ and Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY has concluded that the Brits pressured Scotland to release the Lockerbie bomber – essentially in exchange for an oil deal with Libya.

  • Fear of “commercial warfare” from Libya led the British government to pressure Scotland to free the convicted Lockerbie bomber last year, reads a report being released Tuesday by four U.S. senators.
  • The lengthy report, which calls on the British and Scottish governments to apologize for Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s release, concludes that a $900 million oil deal with Libya ultimately paved the way for the Scottish justice system to free al-Megrahi in August 2009.
  • “The U.K. government played a direct, critical role in al-Megrahi’s release,” the report states. “The U.K. knew that in order to maintain trade relations with Libya, it had to give into political demands.”
  • The report comes on the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, an attack that killed 270 people, many of them American.

LMW COMMENT …

This is a disgrace for which the British and Scottish governments must be held accountable.

see my prior posts (August 2009) …

* is Great Britain also culpable in the despicable release of the Lockerbie murderer?

* Bolton says Brits involved in Lockerbie release; was the U.S.?

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