This content is not available in your region

Questions follow Lockerbie bomber to hospital

Questions follow Lockerbie bomber to hospital
Text size Aa Aa

Terminally-ill convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was rushed to a Tripoli hospital on Sunday, accompanied by a British journalist wanting to know if his release was linked to a trade deal.

Although too ill to respond, his silence has done nothing to dispel speculation surrounding his return to Libya. The UK government has denied a “back door deal” was done although leaked letters show ministers did agree in 2007 to include him in a possible prisoner transfer because of what was called national interests. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond remains adamant that Megrahi was released from a Scottish jail with no involvement from London. Salmond said: “The right reason was to release a dying man on compassionate grounds and not on any other factor: international politics, trade, whatever oil deals may or may not have been – not allow any of these to affect the decision.” Back in 2003, the British government was negotiating normalising relations with Libya. It was linked to getting Tripoli to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme. On the back of that, various oil deals were made but London insists Megrahi’s release was a separate issue.
Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.