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US senators urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to investigate whether oil giant BP pressed Britain to free the Lockerbie bomber to protect a lucrative deal with Libya.
"Evidence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster seems to suggest that BP would put profit ahead of people," said Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
The lawmakers pointed to a September 2009 report in Britain's Times newspaper -- denied by BP -- that the oil giant lobbied British Justice Secretary Jack Straw for the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi to safeguard a 2007 oil exploration deal valued at 900 million dollars.
Originally posted by airspoon
To be quite frank, I'm surprised to see our government actually pursuing this.
Originally posted by Goathief
reply to post by prionace glauca
So no comment about the USA paying witnesses off then? No comment about how the bomb had CIA plastered all over it? No comment on the CIA drug smuggling either?
The gentlemen concerned should be careful what they wish for. An investigation would reveal the multi-billion dollar deal between Tony Blair, top British Petroleum representatives and the Libyans for a Prisoner Transfer Agreement that would enable al-Megrahi's release. The end result was that al-Megrahi was persuaded to drop his second appeal. That appeal hearing would have heard new evidence about US offers of "unlimited money and $10,000 available immediately" to sole identification witness Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, in exchange for his cooperation in the conviction of the accused. It would also have heard testimony from internationally respected expert Dr John Wyatt that the Hayes fragment could not have survived the explosion that destroyed Pan Am 103.