Hague defends BP's Lockerbie case lobbying

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 24, 2010 10:12




British Foreign Secretary William Hague defended British oil company BP's actions in the release of convicted Libyan Lockerbie bomber Abdael Basset al-Megrahi who returned to Libya last year after being freed by Scottish authorities, Reuters reported.

Hague acknowledged in a letter he sent to US Senator John Kerry, chair of the Senate's Foreign Relations committee, that BP had lobbied the British government to support Megrahi's release, informing government leaders that the failure of a deal to transfer Megrahi would harm BP's oil exploration efforts in Libya. However, Hague still clearly viewed BP's lobbying as a legitimate business activity.

"This was a perfectly normal and legitimate practice for a British company," Hague was quoted as saying by Reuters.


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