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#Lockerbie

# lockerbie - Friday 21 December, 2018

Questions remain over Lockerbie bombing as memorials are held to mark 30th anniversary

270 people were killed in the attack 30 years ago today.

# lockerbie - Thursday 15 October, 2015

Two Libyans identified as new suspects in Lockerbie bombing

Scottish prosecutors are seeking to interview the suspects in Tripoli.

# lockerbie - Monday 6 May, 2013

Libya delays Lockerbie verdict on Gaddafi ministers

The verdict in the case of two officials from the ousted dictator’s regime, who have been accused of “financial crimes” connected to compensation for the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing, has been postponed today.

# lockerbie - Sunday 20 May, 2012

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The Daily Fix: Sunday

Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya: report

The only person convicted of the PanAm bombing which killed 270 people has reportedly died today.

# lockerbie - Saturday 14 April, 2012

Lockerbie bomber transferred to hospital in Libya

The family of the convicted bomber say he had been rushed to hospital with rapidly deteriorating health.

# lockerbie - Thursday 8 December, 2011

British investigators to travel to Libya over Lockerbie and police killing

Fletcher was fatally wounded by a bullet outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984, and 270 people were killed in 1988′s Lockerbie bombing.

# lockerbie - Thursday 20 October, 2011

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In pictures and videos: the life of 'mad dog' Muammar Gaddafi

With the announcement of the former Libyan leader’s death in his home town of Sirte today we look back at the events which shaped him and his country…

# lockerbie - Monday 29 August, 2011

Gaddafi's family flees to Algeria

The Algerian government says that Gaddafi’s wife, daughter, sons and grandchildren crossed over the border today.

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Watch: Lockerbie bomber found 'in a coma' in Tripoli

CNN tracked down Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrah to his home in Tripoli where he appeared to be close to death.

# lockerbie - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Britain recognises Libyan rebels as country’s legitimate government

But the country’s old regime remains defiant – as the Lockerbie bomber is spotted at a pro-Gaddafi rally in Tripoli.

# lockerbie - Thursday 31 March, 2011

Libya’s foreign minister arrives in UK as rebels retreat

The arrival of Moussa Koussa could prove controversial for the UK which insists they will not offer him immunity. Meanwhile rebels have been pushed back by government forces in the east.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Hang onto your wallets: it’s Stress Test Day; Anglo breaks the record for the worst losses in Irish corporate history; and the question of the day – do you ‘like’ or are you a ‘+1′?

# lockerbie - Monday 7 February, 2011

UK govt did 'all it could' to release Lockerbie bomber: report

Britain’s previous Labour government did “all it could” to help facilitate the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, according to a new report.

# lockerbie - Thursday 9 December, 2010

Lockerbie bomber close to death, say relatives

Health of convicted bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has seriously deteriorated and he is reported to have fallen into a coma.

# lockerbie - Monday 20 September, 2010

Father of Lockerbie victim meets Megrahi in Libya

Jim Swire, who lost his daughter in the Lockerbie bombing, has travelled to Libya to speak with the man convicted of the atrocity.

# lockerbie - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

A US INQUIRY into the early release of the Lockerbie bomber has been postponed due to a lack of key witnesses. The US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee announced the delay today, saying that several individuals who were asked to testify declined to appear.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al Megrahi, 58, is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing which killed 270 people. Most of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing were American.

He was released last summer by Scottish authorities after doctors said he would die within three months, but is still alive. Al Megrahi suffers from terminal prostate cancer.

BP’s Tony Hayward was one of those invited to the hearing.

Others who declined to appear include the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, former British Justice Secretary Jack Straw, and Andrew Fraser, the physician who gave the prognosis which led to al Megrahi’s release.

The investigation intends to establish whether a BP oil deal with al Megrahi’s native Libya had any influence on the bomber’s early release. Last week, Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond said the Scottish government “did not receive any representations from BP in relation to Mr Al-Megrahi.”

Scotland has set up this site to publish information regarding al Megrahi’s release.

# lockerbie - Friday 23 July, 2010

1. BP’s CEO said he wanted his life back – after 11 people died on the rig

BP’s CEO Tony Hayward apologised for the “disruption” the oil spill had caused to the lives of people living along the Gulf coast. Then he explained that he wanted the whole thing over because, he said, “I’d like my life back.”

2. And then he went on holidays

Tony Hayward enjoyed some nice oil-free waters when taking part in a yacht race off the coast of southern England last month. A BP spokesperson said he was taking a break from overseeing BP’s efforts to stem the leak, before the leak was actually stemmed.

3. It got creative with photos of its clean-up efforts

BP released edited photos which seemed to show the hectic efforts being made in BP HQ to plug the leak. Turns out three of the screens in the crisis command centre were not actually running any video feeds at the time.

4. It turned the alarms off just before the accident

The alarm system on the Deepwater Horizon was partially shut down on the day the rig exploded, according to an electronics technician who worked on the rig. Speaking to an investigative panel in the US, the technician said that the company didn’t want a false alarm waking people up at night.

5. It got caught up in the Lockerbie bombing.

BP has been trying to dissociate itself from any suggestions that it influenced Scotland’s decision to release the Lockerbie bomber. The company admitted to lobbying the UK government over a Libya prisoner transfer deal, but said it did not specifically push for al-Megrahi’s release.

# lockerbie - Thursday 22 July, 2010

THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE Alex Salmond has said that his administration released Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi on compassionate grounds last year.

Salmon reportedly wrote a strongly worded letter to US senator John Kerry, denying that BP had anything to do with Scotland’s decision.

He expressed his “revulsion” at al-Megrahi’s actions, which resulted in the deaths of 270 people, but stressed compassion.

Salmon wrote:

“I can say unequivocally that the Scottish Government has never, at any point, received any representations from BP in relation to al Megrahi.

That is to say we had no submissions or lobbying of any kind from BP, either oral or written, and, to my knowledge, the subject of al Megrahi was never raised by any BP representative to any Scottish Government minister. That includes the Justice Minister, to whom it fell to make the decisions on prisoner transfer and compassionate release on a quasi-judicial basis.”

Scotland has released 39 prisoners on the basis of an application for compassionate release, which was introduced in 1993.

Medical tests received by the Scottish authorities last year indicated that al-Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal cancer, would die within three months.

# lockerbie - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has met with US senators who believe that BP may have made an deal in exchange for the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Senators believe that Libya, an oil-rich country, struck a profitable oil deal with BP in return for Scotland allowing the Lockerbie bomber to return home.

Al-Megrahi was released from his prison sentence by the Scottish authorities on compassionate grounds, following a medical report that said he had no more than three months to live as he was suffering from terminal cancer.

However, al-Megrahi is still alive one year later.

The Scottish government said yesterday that it had published all information relating to al-Megrahi’s release ‘where we had the necessary permission to do so’.

Senators met with Cameron for nearly an hour last night to discuss an investigation into the possible oil deal that might have secured al-Megrahi’s release.

New York senator Chuck Schumer said: “We made the case that there’s just too much suspicion here to sort of brush this aside.”

However, while Cameron condemned the prisoner’s release, he seems reluctant to investigate the possibility of an oil deal being struck between BP and Libya. He has already quashed calls for an investigation in the UK.

DAVID CAMERON appeared to shift the blame for the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, to Scotland. The British PM was questioned about al-Megrahi’s early release while on his first visit to the White House.

Cameron said that releasing the bomber was “a decision for the Scottish executive”, and that it was they who took that decision. He said that the release was wrong and has asked the cabinet secretary to decide if any more relevant papers should be published. Those papers could include phone conversations between Jack Straw and BP.

Last year, former British Justice Secretary Jack Straw said that the bomber’s release was linked to oil and “commercial interests” between Britain and Libya.

Al-Megrahi remains the only person convicted for the bombing of a Pan Am plane over Scotland in 1988 in which 270 people in the air and on the ground were killed.

Al-Megrahi, 58, suffers from terminal prostate cancer and was released last summer after doctors said he would die within months. One of those doctors recently admitted his embarrassment that the bomber is still alive.

Cameron also touched on another sore point among Americans – the BP oil spill. He said that he believed the company would cap  the leak, clear up the spill and pay appropriate compensation.

# lockerbie - Monday 19 July, 2010

A PUBLIC INQUIRY into the release of the Lockerbie bomber has been called for. Abdelbaset al Megrahi was released last year on compassionate grounds with an estimated three months left to live. However suspicions that a deal was struck with BP struck an oil deal with Libya have now surfaced.