July 13th, 2010
07:32 AM ET
12 years ago

Senators question if BP played role in Pan Am bomber's release

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/13/art.megrahi.file4.ukpool.jpg caption ="Convicted Pan Am bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi boards a plane in Scotland to make his final trip home to Libya on August 20."](CNN) - A group of U.S. lawmakers have called for an investigation into whether BP may have played a role in lobbying for the release of Abdelbaset al Megrahi to secure an oil contract with the Libyan government.

Megrahi, now 58, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

He was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds in August after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"Reports have surfaced indicating that a 2007 oil agreement may have influenced the U.K. and Scottish governments' positions concerning Mr. Megrahi's release in 2009," wrote Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey in a letter to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Monday.

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  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Yep, thats right, liberals, condemn the evil oil companies. The truth is that this man was released by the namby-pamby progressives who felt bad that this man had terminal cancer. Another instance of compassion gone wrong. Now that he's got a good chance of living for ten more years, the typical liberal response is to identify a likely scapegoat.... and BP fits the bill perfectly to distract the ignorant masses out there.

    July 13, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Similar to the Obama administration's green light given to Russia to allow Russia to complete a missle sale to Iran in exchange for greater "sanctions" last year.

    July 13, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    For the GOP, it is not about wrongdoing or justice, it is all about big money as the elected republicans continue their apology tour to BP.

    July 13, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. AaronS

    Was there every any question that a bit of quid pro quo was going on? If not BP, then some other corporation that stood to gain was involved.

    You don't let a MASS MURDERER go free on "compassionate grounds." He has cancer? Too bad. You let him die in his cell.

    The whole "compassionate" angle was simply a cover for returning this child killer to Libya and, in return, gaining something of value.

    As far as I'm concerned, they ought to jail the people who were involved in this–especially if we find that it was over something so materialistic as money and oil.

    July 13, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. JonDie

    When George W. Bush pardoned Moammar Khaddafi, the author of the Lockerbie mass murders so that the U.S. could receive Libyan oil, the release of Megrahi was an inevitable consequence. Of course, the media will never tell us what's really going on.

    July 13, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Ancient Texan

    It's not like these political idiots don't have anything to do. In their political zeal to demonize somebody or some thing, they could imagine a tie between BP and Christoper Columbus. Give me a break. Get work on something to better the nation and earn your ridiculus pay and benefits.

    July 13, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. Marge

    Must be pretty bad cause even Joe Scarbrough is complaining about it. And you know he is a republican corporation rooter.

    July 13, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    This is just another BP wrongdoing that the GOP will have to apologize to them. I can hear a teary eyed Barton tell BP that all republicans think BP is Christlike and should not be held to account.

    July 13, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Wait a minute - one of the Manson family members developed cancer and she didn't get out on "compassionate" grounds. Why did this guy?

    July 13, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |