Just after 7pm, the Maid of the Seas had entered Scottish airspace at around 30,000 feet, out of sight and sound as it approached the small town of
Lockerbie. Then at 7.03pm, 38 minutes into the flight, a bomb had exploded in the forward luggage hold. The disintegrating plane hurtled earthwards,
with the fuel-laden wings exploding into Lockerbie’s homes, killing eleven townsfolk. Although its thought that some 150 passengers survived the
initial explosion, everyone on board was killed on impact.
For more on the Lockerbie Bombing see this thread: Pan Am 103 to Lockerbie
This thread is NOT about what happened that day - it is about what has happened since.
On 31 January 2001, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was convicted, by a panel of three Scottish judges sitting in a special court at Camp Zeist in
the Netherlands, of 270 counts of murder for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21 December 1988 and was sentenced to life
On the 20th of August 2009 he was released on compassionate grounds after the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in Scotland, Kenny MacAskill deemed that
Megrahi was in the final stages of terminal prostate cancer and expected to die within three months.
11 months later and Al Megrahi is still alive.
His release was controversial, but what has come to light since then could paint a completely different picture of the details surrounding his
release. It is most definitely true that Megrahi was seriously ill...but what he also used as a bargaining chip?
Jack Straw admits Lockerbie bomber's release was linked to oil
Jack Straw has reignited the row over the release of the Lockerbie bomber by admitting for the first time that trade and oil were an essential part of
the Government’s decision to include him in a prisoner transfer deal with Libya.
The Justice Secretary said he was unapologetic about including Abdelbaset al Megrahi in the agreement, citing a multi-million-pound oil deal signed by
BP and Libya six weeks later.
Documents published this week showed Mr Straw originally promised that a PTA would only be reached with Libya if Megrahi was excluded. But he later
caved in to Libyan demands to include Megrahi. It followed a warning from BP that a failure to include the bomber could hurt the oil giant’s
business interests. -
Yes, when it rains, it pours - everyone's favourite whipping boys, BP, are once again at the centre of a conspiracy.
This story ran just one month after Megrahi's release and didn't seem to garner much interest at the time. However, it has resurfaced recently after
a number of US Senators (probably spurred on by BP's recent publicity) have begun to question BP's links to the deal to release Megrahi.
Sen. Lautenberg Questions Tie Between BP Oil Contract in Libya, Lockerbie Bomber's Release
BP's role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber from a Scottish prison is being questioned in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who is requesting an investigation into the oil company's success in securing a drilling contract in Libya.
"The prospect that oil contracts between BP and the government of Libya may have affected the release, as well as new questions about the veracity
of medical reports detailing Mr. Megrahi’s health at the time, are disturbing developments that demand the attention of Congress", Lautenberg
wrote to Sens. John Kerry and Richard Lugar, the co-chairmen of the Foreign Relations Committee. -
Also:BP Faces New Scrutiny in Lockerbie Case
However, not everyone sees this as a conspiracy, especially not Alex Massie, author of
The Lockerbie Conspiracy
- an article in Spectator Magazine.
According to Massie this latest 'Lockerbie Conspiracy' is anything but a conspiracy stating that "...cock-up - or rather the vagaries of medical
prognosis - is a likelier explanation of all this than conspiracy not least because there is precisely no evidence of there being any
Alex does play the role of the sceptic very well and I would absolutely recommend the article to those wishing to see things from another point of
view. Although even Alex agrees that signing the PTA (Prisoner Transfer Agreement) most probably did help BP's commercial interests in Libya.
In light of recent events in the Gulf Coast these dodgy dealings hardly come as a surprise, sadly. BP have shown that commercial interests are far
more important to them than humanitarian/environmental interests and it seems that has been showcased once again during this saga. As Senator Charles
Schumer stated: “commercial interests — oil or otherwise — should never be prioritized over justice for victims of terrorist acts and severe
punishment for convicted terrorists.”
I'll leave you with a comment that Gordan Brown made a few days prior to Jack Straws admission that Megrahi's release WAS linked to oil...
"There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double dealing, no deal on oil
, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no private
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