Senators seek probe into alleged BP-Lockerbie link

WASHINGTON  — The four senators from New Jersey and New York asked the US State Department on Tuesday to investigate whether oil giant BP played a role in winning last year's release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie airliner bombing.
The request to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came a day after the same senators asked her to press the British government to look into the circumstances surrounding the release of the convicted bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.
In the second letter, the four Democrats said they were concerned that BP may have put profits ahead of justice in the al-Megrahi case, given the petroleum giant's current handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.