Prime Minister David Cameron told a US News Channel, ABC News, that he was asking for all material concerning the release of the Lockerbie bomber to be reviewed. Downing Street signaled that this was a move to defuse the built anger in the US over bomber’s release. Abdebaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was released last year on compassionate grounds that he had but a few months to live. Recently allegations have risen that BP may have pushed for the bomber’s release to gain drilling contracts from Libya.
“I am asking the Cabinet Secretary in the UK to go back over the paperwork and see if there is anything else that should be released and there is the clearest possible pressure out there of what decision was taken and why,” Cameron told an ABC reporter prior to his meeting with President Obama.
Mr. Cameron had hoped to use his visit to the US to strengthen his standing as a leader and further develop his relationship with the US President. Instead he has had to focus on issues such as the BP Oil Spill, the allegations of Tony Blair’s relationship and advisory role with Libya, and the release of the Libyan prisoner.
Cameron did make the statement that he did not agree with the release of the bomber and that Megrahi “should have died in jail.”
“As leader of the opposition, I couldn’t have been more clear that I thought the decision to release al-Megrahi was completely and utterly wrong,” Cameron said in an interview with a BBC reporter.
When al-Megrahi was released last year he was welcomed back home into his country as a hero and attended several events organized to honor his triumphant return. The release angered many in the UK and the US that felt the development of cancer did not warrant a release from the terrorist’s conviction.