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Calls for 'Lockerbie Inquiry' rebuffed
Wed, 21 Jul 2010 07:45:16 GMT
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British Premier David Cameron (L) meets with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
British Premier David Cameron has told his Cabinet Secretary to release information about the Lockerbie bomber's release; but has not mentioned a public inquiry.

Cameron, visiting the United States for his first meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama since becoming prime minister, was being pressured by US senators to hold a full public inquiry into the scandal.

Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, is still alive in Libya despite being freed nearly a year ago on compassionate grounds because doctors said he had less than three months to live.

Senior US officials are now alleging that al-Megrahi's release from a Scottish jail was a pre-planned plot orchestrated by BP and former UK officials.

The US government wants to know if the giant oil company used its influence inside the former British government and secured al-Megrahi's release to win over Libya's vast oil resources.

Now, the release of the confidential memos and letters could pave the way for a full British inquiry into the issue.

But, the Americans are not satisfied. Senior US senators meeting the UK premier in Washington demanded that Cameron also push for the return of al-Megrahi from Libya "back to justice" in a British prison.

The British premier rebuffed the demand saying that the decision to release al-Megrahi was made by the Scottish government and BP's lobbying of British ministers was inconsequential.

"I am asking the Cabinet Secretary in the UK to go back over all the paperwork and see if there is anything else that should be released so there is the clearest possible picture out there of what decision was taken and why," Cameron said in Washington.

“I do not currently think that another inquiry is the right way to go. I don't need an inquiry to tell me what I already know, which is that it was a bad decision,” he added.

“It was a bad decision, it shouldn't have been made. This was the biggest mass murderer in British history,” he further explained.

The British prime minister also added that it was for BP to “answer (for) what activities they undertook.”

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