By spilling oil all over the world, BP has made billions. A recent BP-Libya oil deal that promises more billions has caught the eye of a senator that wonders if BP helped set free a terrorist convicted of killing Americans to get the contract. Lautenberg became suspicious after the Lockerbie bomber, Libyan Abdel Bastet Al-Megrahi, was sprung from a Scottish prison last August after doctors said he was at death's door. Al-Megrahi is living large nearly a year later when BP oil rigs head to the Libyan coast. Post resource - Senator says BP-Libya oil deal linked to Lockerbie bomber release by Personal Money Store.
Lawmakers want Lockerbie bomber back in the slammer
U.S. lawmakers want to overturn the release of the Lockerbie bomber, imprisoned for the 1988 Pan Am flight 103 bombing. New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg sees evidence suggesting the Lockerbie bomber release is tied to the BP-Libya oil deal as an opportunity to increase political pressure on the culprit of the2 010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Is timing of BP oil deal and Lockerbie bomber release coincidental?
The release "on compassionate grounds" of the Lockerbie bomber following a prostate cancer diagnosis is now in question. After being convicted for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed 270 people, including 189 Americans, Al-Megrahi, now 58, was sentenced to life in prison. Yahoo News reports that Lautenberg, who thinks oil spill culprit BP may have lobbied for Al-Megrahi's release after serving just eight years of a life sentence, wants the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations to investigate. He wants to know if the Lockerbie bomber's release was connected to a BP plan to start drilling within the next few months off Libya, which the senator says could earn the company up to $ 20 billion.
Lockerbie bomber alive and well
After a doctor said Al-Megrahi could live ten more years, senators pressured the British government to investigate his release. The Associated Press reports that Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York and Lautenberg and fellow New Jersey senator Robert Menendez requested the investigation in a July 7 letter to the U.K.'s ambassador to the U.S. . In his response to the senators, British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald said due process was followed.
Did BP manipulate British government to seal oil deal?
In a letter about his BP-Libya oil deal/ Lockerbie bomber suspicions to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Lautenberg said a 2007 oil agreement may have influenced the British and Scottish governments about the Lockerbie bomber's release in 2009. The letter said BP did not deny that it told the British government that a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya could affect the oil deal. Later Jack Straw, the British Secretary of State for Justice, who intended to exclude al-Megrahi from the prisoner transfer, changed his mind, citing "overwhelming interests for the United Kingdom.
BP-Libya oil deal trumps justice
So far, BP has kept mum about the senators' questions about the release of the Lockerbie bomber. But CNN found a statement on BPs site that called the Libyan oil deal "the single biggest exploration financial commitment an international energy business has ever made to Libya". A letter to Gillibrand from Britain's ambassador, posted on the British Embassy site, defends the Lockerbie bomber's release. Brian Flynn, who fought to keep Al-Megrahi in prison after his brother was killed on Pan Am flight 103, told CNN: "You can't allow the process of justice to be corrupted by the cynical mercantilism of one company."
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