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BP soft on terrorism, pushed to free Lockerbie bomber





handfleisch
This incredible story needs to get out there. BP, in order to gain favor with Libya so it could drill offshore oil wells, lobbied the UK government to release the terrorist behind the bombing of the airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people.

This is what happens when oil corporations and money control supposed democracies.

Quote:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/16/world/europe/16britain.html?pagewanted=print

BP Faces Scrutiny in Lockerbie Case
By JOHN F. BURNS
LONDON — The oil giant BP faced a new furor on Thursday as it confirmed that it had lobbied the British government to conclude a prisoner-transfer agreement that the Libyan government wanted to secure the release of the only person ever convicted for the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing over Scotland, which killed 270 people, 189 of them Americans.

The acknowledgment came after American legislators, grappling with the controversy over the company’s disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, called for an investigation into BP’s actions in the case of the freed man, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi.

After an initial demand for an investigation on Wednesday by four senators from New York and New Jersey, further calls for an inquiry by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were made on Thursday by Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats of California.

Mr. Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence agent, was released and allowed to return to Libya in August after doctors advised the Scottish government that he was likely to die within three months of prostate cancer. But nearly a year later, he remains alive and free, though kept out of sight, in Libya’s capital, Tripoli.

BP’s statement on Thursday repeated earlier acknowledgments that it had promoted the transfer agreement to protect a $900 million offshore oil-and-gas exploration deal off Libya’s Mediterranean coast. The British justice minister at the time, Jack Straw, admitted after Mr. Megrahi was repatriated and freed that the BP deal was a consideration in the review of his case.

In the end, Mr. Megrahi was not released under the prisoner transfer agreement. Instead, to the consternation of the Obama administration, and of many of the victims’ families, the Scottish government released him under provisions in Scottish law that allow for a prisoner’s sentence to be commuted on humanitarian grounds, because of Mr. Megrahi’s cancer. That freed him from serving any further prison time in Libya, as he would have had to do under the transfer pact.
coolclay
Wow that's rather disgusting, not surprising really in the least as I am sure ugly deals happen like this all the time in the oil industry regardless of the company. We just don't hear about them.
ocalhoun
coolclay wrote:
I am sure ugly deals happen like this all the time in the oil industry regardless of the company.

And in other industries as well.

Pharmaceuticals and banks are also particularly bad about it.
deanhills
I'm happy for the outcome, i.e. that the prisoner got to be freed because he had cancer. That at least is the good part of the story. And the humane thing to do. Wonder whether he is still alive.
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