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BP lobbied British authorities for prisoner transfer agreement with Libya

Embattled company nonetheless denies role in Lockerbie bomber’s release


 

Mere hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed to investigate allegations BP was involved in the release of the Lockerbie bomber, the oil company admitted it lobbied the British government to reach a prisoner transfer deal with Libya, fearing delays in negotiations could damage its “commercial interests” and disrupt its $1.4 billion offshore drilling operations in the region. However, the oil company has denied it was involved in the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who was freed by Scottish authorities last year. “It is matter of public record that in late 2007 BP told the UK Government that we were concerned about the slow progress that was being made in concluding a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya,” the company said in a statement. “We were aware that this could have a negative impact on UK commercial interests, including the ratification by the Libyan Government of BP’s exploration agreement.” A spokesman added: “The decision to release Mr al-Megrahi in August 2009 was taken by the Scottish Government.”

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BP lobbied British authorities for prisoner transfer agreement with Libya

  1. Watching BP in the last few months has been like watching Helena Guergis in the few months before that. Are they trying to destroy themselves?

  2. Had BP not been under the media's microscope for the debacle in the Gulf of Mexico, I'm betting that this story would never have seen the light of day. I wonder how many other multi-national companies around the world make "deals with the devil" all in the name of the never ending race for increased profits. Most of them would not keep their dirty little secrets quiet for very long if they were under the kind of scrutiny that BP is currently experiencing.

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