BP pressured UK government to release Lockerbie Bomber

Discussion in 'Politics' started by 377OHMS, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. 377OHMS



    LONDON - BP tells Fox News it stands by its statement released earlier today regarding the oil giant's lobbying of the British government concerning Libya.

    The statement admitted that BP had been "...concerned about the slow progress of the prisoner transfer agreement with Libya" and the "negative impact" that would have on the "....ratification by the Libyan government of BP's exploration agreement..." with the country.

    A spokesperson for BP , however, denied to Fox that pressure applied to the British government was specifically linked to the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

    "Definitely not....absolutely not," BP's Sheila Williams told Fox News.

    Ms. Williams added that BP had "no comment" to the demands by congressmen that profits from the Libyan deal should be frozen for the duration of the Gulf oil spill clean up.

    Former British Justice Minister Jack Straw has reportedly admitted that the BP deal WAS a factor in the UK government's consideration of the Megrahi case.

    As for the current resident of Number 10 Downing Street, David Cameron, Fox News heard from a spokesman there Friday. They say they stand by earlier comments by the PM and statements made by the UK Ambassador to the US.

    Basically, that the transfer of Megrahi to Libya was wrong, but that any connection between that release and and the BP deal are "not true."

    With hearings in Congress set for later this month, truths and untruths concerning BP and Libya, could hopefully be sorted out.