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UK Ministers release letters about Lockerbie deal

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , on September 1, 2009 by admin

Jack Straw changed his mind about excluding the Lockerbie bomber from a proposed prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, letters have shown.The UK’s justice secretary initially agreed anyone connected with the bombing should be excluded. But in a later letter to the Scottish Government he said it was in the UK’s interests the agreement should take a “standard form”.

So, why did Straw changed his mind?

Lybia wants another “agreement:

Libyan minister Mohammed Siala says he is “waiting for some information” about an attempt on Col Gaddafi’s life in return for helping with solving a 25-year-old murder.

Pc Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead while on duty in London in 1984 by a gunman believed to be inside Libya’s Embassy and who later fled to Lybia.

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Ministers publish Lockerbie files.

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Lockerbie bomber on show at Gadhafi’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Lybia’s Gadhaffi: the forgotten story of his links to terror.
Brown denies deal for Megrahi.
Jack Straw’s letter on Megrahi’s release
Scotland denies any oil deal in Mehgrahi case.
US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release.
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

Jack Straw’s letter on Mehgrahi release

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy, terrorist attacks with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by admin

BBC:

Justice Secretary Jack Straw dropped a demand to exclude the Lockerbie bomber from a Libyan prisoner transfer accord, the Sunday Times has reported.

Letters leaked to the paper say Mr Straw wanted to exclude Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi from the accord.

He backed down citing “overwhelming” UK interests. A major oil deal was being discussed at the time.

Mr Straw called the news “academic” – as Megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds, not under the transfer accord.

And he stressed that the Scottish authorities would still have had a veto over any move to send Megrahi home under the transfer agreement.

A stalled oil deal was ratified by the Libyans six weeks after the government dropped its bid to exclude him from the prisoner transfer agreement (PTA), the paper says.

Before:
Scotland denies any oil deal in Mehgrahi case.
US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release.
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

Scotland denies any oil deal in Mehgrahi case

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy, terrorist attacks with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by admin

BBC NEWS | UK | Salmond denies Megrahi trade deal

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has denied that the release of the Lockerbie bomber had any links to UK trade talks with the Libyan government.

Letters leaked to a newspaper show UK ministers agreed to include him in a prisoner transfer deal in 2007 because of “overwhelming national interests”.

Mr Salmond said Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds with no London involvement.

But the Tories and Lib Dems want an inquiry into UK dealings with Libya.

Before:
US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release.
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release

Posted in foreign policy, terrorist attacks with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by admin

US offered ‘millions’ to keep bomber in UK – World Politics, World – The Independent

US officials had “very reluctantly” backed a proposal to move Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi from Greenock Prison into some kind of high-security accommodation elsewhere in Scotland, senior government sources on both sides of the Atlantic confirmed. But the Americans had only consented to the option in a desperate attempt to deter the Scottish Executive from releasing Mr Megrahi on compassionate grounds – due to his terminal prostate cancer – and sending him home to die.

They also made it clear that the US would be willing to contribute millions of dollars to a complicated house arrest operation that would demand round-the-clock security to keep the prisoner under guard and protect him from attack.

But the Scottish National Party administration in Edinburgh eventually chose the option of compassionate release, claiming police chiefs had ruled that the security implications of house arrest would be “severe”.

Before:
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal

Posted in foreign policy with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by admin

Revealed: Lockerbie link to oil exploration deal – Times Online

The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

Before:
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ

Posted in foreign policy, terrorist attacks with tags , , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

“It would be a great insult to the family members of those who died on Pan Am Flight 103 to allow Moammar Gadhafi to move freely around the United States or to step foot in New Jersey,” said U.S. Rep. John H. Adler, who represents New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district.

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