British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls by US senators for an inquiry into whether BP influenced the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.
Claims have been made that BP lobbied for his release in order to curry favour with Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi in the hope clinching lucrative oil deals.
Cameron said: “I mean, the role of BP and any lobbying they might have done is an issue for BP and an issue they should explain themselves.
“In terms of an inquiry, I’m not currently minded that we need to have a UK-based inquiry on this, probably for this reason: I don’t need an inquiry to tell me what was a bad decision.
“I don’t think it’s right to show compassion to a mass murderer like that.”
The British prime minister also did his utmost to reassure America that BP would pick up the tab for the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Let us not confuse the oil spill with the Libyan bomber,” he said.
“BP should, rightly, be blamed for what has happened in the Gulf, and have real responsibilities to cap the well, to clean up the spill, to pay compensation – all of which they are getting on with, including putting aside the 20 billion pounds in the escrow (compensation) account.”
Cameron, has had his work cut out easing transatlantic tensions over the Lockerbie case and the oil spill disaster but the much vaunted “special relationship” between the UK and the United States appears to be unaffected by the BP factor.