Scotland: Lockerbie bomber was released because of justice, not economics

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August 31, 2009 13:45

 
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A senior Scottish politician on Monday said the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber was based on justice rather than commercial considerations. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, told the BBC Monday that Abdel Baset Megrahi's release earlier this month because he is dying was allowed "entirely on justice grounds, and there were no influences relating to political or economic interests that played a part in that." The Sunday Times reported the British government agreed Megrahi could be included in a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya because it was in Britain's "overwhelming interests" as a major oil deal was being negotiated. The Scottish government later turned down Megrahi's transfer request, but released him on compassionate grounds.

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