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Lockerbie Release Was ‘Blood For Oil’

From the UK’s Times:

Lockerbie bomber ‘set free for oil’

Jason Allardyce

August 30, 2009

The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

The correspondence makes it plain that the key decision to include Megrahi in a deal with Libya to allow prisoners to return home was, in fact, taken in London for British national interests.

Edward Davey, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, said: “This is the strongest evidence yet that the British government has been involved for a long time in talks over al-Megrahi in which commercial considerations have been central to their thinking.”

Two letters dated five months apart show that Straw initially intended to exclude Megrahi from a prisoner transfer agreement with Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, under which British and Libyan prisoners could serve out their sentences in their home country.

In a letter dated July 26, 2007, Straw said he favoured an option to leave out Megrahi by stipulating that any prisoners convicted before a specified date would not be considered for transfer.

Downing Street had also said Megrahi would not be included under the agreement.

Straw then switched his position as Libya used its deal with BP as a bargaining chip to insist the Lockerbie bomber was included.

The exploration deal for oil and gas, potentially worth up to £15 billion, was announced in May 2007. Six months later the agreement was still waiting to be ratified.

On December 19, 2007, Straw wrote to MacAskill announcing that the UK government was abandoning its attempt to exclude Megrahi from the prisoner transfer agreement, citing the national interest.

In a letter leaked by a Whitehall source, he wrote: “I had previously accepted the importance of the al-Megrahi issue to Scotland and said I would try to get an exclusion for him on the face of the agreement. I have not been able to secure an explicit exclusion.

“The wider negotiations with the Libyans are reaching a critical stage and, in view of the overwhelming interests for the United Kingdom, I have agreed that in this instance the [prisoner transfer agreement] should be in the standard form and not mention any individual.”

Within six weeks of the government climbdown, Libya had ratified the BP deal. The prisoner transfer agreement was finalised in May this year, leading to Libya formally applying for Megrahi to be transferred to its custody.

Saif Gadaffi, the colonel’s son, has insisted that negotiation over the release of Megrahi was linked with the BP oil deal: “The fight to get the [transfer] agreement lasted a long time and was very political, but I want to make clear that we didn’t mention Mr Megrahi.

“At all times we talked about the [prisoner transfer agreement]. It was obvious we were talking about him. We all knew that was what we were talking about.

“People should not get angry because we were talking about commerce or oil. We signed an oil deal at the same time. The commerce and oil deals were all with the [prisoner transfer agreement].”

His account is confirmed by other sources. Sir Richard Dalton, a former British ambassador to Libya and a board member of the Libyan British Business Council, said: “Nobody doubted Libya wanted BP and BP was confident its commitment would go through. But the timing of the final authority to spend real money was dependent on politics.” …

Gosh, what a shock.

Imagine such a cynical ploy from the very people who were the first to shout that any attack on the Middle East was ‘blood for oil.’

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Lockerbie Release Was ‘Blood For Oil’”

  1. Melly says:

    The political decisions behind the transfer will be even more apparent when Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi is still living 6 months from now. :-/

  2. proreason says:

    Well, we understand a bit more of the libwit calculus now.

    Political contributions (BP) trump Green Energy trump human life (Lockerbie victims).

    Are you shocked that money is on top and human life is on bottom?

    And do you think the decision making process of the British political criminals is any different than our own little fascists?

  3. Confucius says:

    Gordon Brown and Kenny MacAskill previously said the U.K. got nothing in return for releasing the bomber.

    And now we discover it was for oil?!

    Filthy bastards.

  4. Hey, Barack….

    Here’s Britian’s thanks for:
    The nifty ipod you sent the Queen with your speeches on them.
    The movies you sent me on the wrong format DVD’s.
    The return of the bust of Winston Churchill.

    And Michelle’s appalling ignorance of courtesy regarding the Queen.

    On the upside, just think of that great reward you are going to get for bowing to the King Abdullah of Saudia Arabia,


    Gordon Brown

  5. P. Aaron says:

    Some folk’s blood is worth more when it comes to ‘oil’ than others’ it seems. Britain is British no longer.

  6. Colonel1961 says:

    So, you can kill us as long as you keep us reasonably-well supplied with oil? Charming.

    I’m sure that’s a pretty easy sale. Don’t worry folks, some of you will have to die, but our petrol will be less than 100p per litre…

  7. canary says:

    Well, that explains his dying of prostate cancer, and then once he get’s home, saying he’ll be getting treatment. Sure looked healthy to me, doing the Rocky dance at the top of plane steps.

  8. Tater Salad says:

    Heck whats new in this story. England and France are both over run with Muslims now and they are running the government and system into the ground in that religions favor……the goal all along. Next, England and France will have Muslims in charge of the government……Oh……..just like America!

  9. proreason says:

    Joe Scarborough says he would be shocked if the White House didn’t sign off on the Lockerbie bomber release.


    He’s right of course.

    The MSM will be all over that angle, right?

    It could be the story of the year. Our hard-as-nails, objectivity-in-the-blood, truth-to-power in the veins MSM will reveal the truth.

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