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July 26th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

Senators demand answers in release of Lockerbie bomber

CNN Wire Staff

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/07/26/lockerbie.scotland.senate/t1larg.megrahi.en.route.plane.gi.jpg caption="Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi boards a plane last August after being released from a prison in Scotland." width=300 height=169]

Two U.S. senators ratcheted up the pressure on BP and British government officials Monday to provide answers to the questions now swirling around the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pam Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people.

A group of senators from New York and New Jersey have repeatedly voiced suspicions that Scottish authorities released al Megrahi as part of a deal allowing oil giant BP to drill off the Libyan coast. BP, a British corporation, is already dealing with a public relations nightmare as the company responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is set to lead a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday on the controversy surrounding al Megrahi's release. Several British officials have declined invitations to testify.

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  1. daft scot

    How many times...BP is not British, more American employees, more American share holders etc. and no that doesn't even make them American. More hysterical non factual reporting, grow up eh!

    July 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  2. Lee Sandblom

    Is anyone really surprised by this? Corporations do whatever they have to do to make the almighty dollar. Their are no ethics or morals in any position of power throughout the world and this is just another example. More of this type of stuff will come out, just wait and see. And, like usual, nothing will come of it and no one will be held responsible. CEO, COO, etc., is just a synonym for nobility.

    July 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  3. ctopal

    The more germane question is what role did the Obama administration play in this release?

    July 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  4. Mark

    Answers? We already have the answers. Bush, Obama, and corrupt officials in England and Scotland, all colluded with BP to gain the release of a convicted Islamic terrorist for the sake of renewing Libyan oil leases. 270 Innocent lives lost. 189 Americans. All sold-out for oil.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  5. Owen Rhys

    If Scotland held an enquiry into something and "ordered" US Senators to appear before it does anyone think they would appear?

    Obviously not – so why is anyone surprised that Scottish officials decline to be hauled before a US enquiry?

    July 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  6. gigi

    will suspicions never end?

    July 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm |

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