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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Scots Defend Lockerbie Convict’s Release"

The story is in the New York Times:

Scotland’s government will not be providing any new documents on the release of the Libyan man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 to a Senate panel investigating the matter, it said in a statement on Wednesday night.

The Scottish government also declined a request from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to have Scotland’s justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, appear next week at a hearing that will look into allegations that BP might have lobbied for the return of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi to Libya in order to secure an oil contract with the Libyan government. BP denies that it lobbied for Mr. Megrahi’s release but said that it did press for a prisoner transfer agreement to be completed.

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