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Ahead of Tuesday's scheduled meeting between President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, the White House confirmed that the president would take up the issue of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al Megrahi of Libya, whose recent release from prison came under criticism.

Last Thursday, BP confirmed that it lobbied the British government to expedite the release of Libyan prisoners in order to finalize a drilling agreement with Libya, but the company denied that it tried to intervene in the case of al Megrahi, convicted for his role in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people, including 189 Americans and 11 on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland, where the plane went down.

BP has said the Scottish government made the decision to release al Megrahi.

The British oil company has been in the hot seat following its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and has faced increased scrutiny over its business dealings.


The meeting between the two heads of state, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, is likely to focus on Afghanistan -- where nearly 9,000 British troops are stationed -- economic recovery and global markets, and of course, the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Though BP has temporarily capped the well, the White House on Monday announced it was monitoring the situation for possible leaks. Gibbs explained: "We had some concerns over the past 24 hours about commitments that BP had made that we did not feel that they were adequately living up to in terms of that monitoring," but that those issues had been resolved in later conversations.

As for the Lockerbie bomber, Gibbs said that "our viewpoint on this case last year was well known, and that was we opposed the release of the Lockerbie bomber." Addressing senators who last week called for an investigation into whether BP had a role in securing Megrahi's release, he replied, "I think in many ways that will be up to the British government to determine . . . I do not know the role that BP played. We were unaware of any role that they played in rendering an opinion. If they did, we certainly didn't agree with the opinion that he should be released, and that's what we enunciated to the government."

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antipodal2u

Why is the american government allowing BP to do business in the U.S. when its in bed with a rogue terrorist nation? Now this? Just say NO to hypocracy

July 20 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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hotfoilinc

Because BP is mainly owned by USA...check the facts ! !

July 20 2010 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pizzaman7

Whoever did this deal should go to prison..No stopping at "GO", "NO" collecting $200, and "NO" get out of jail "FREE" card.The Americans on that plane deserve that,at least.

July 20 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
beemerboxer

A very tricky affair. It illustrates how much power corporations have over political and judicial events. BP does not consider the feelings and thoughts of those who lost family and friends on this flight nor does it think about the outrage their current involvment has created. They will suffer from this more than they have over the oil spill. The burden of disgrace also hangs over the Scottish and British governments.

July 20 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Why are our leaders spending their limited time and our tax dollars focusing on this old thing when there are many many other current isses to solve and hopefully not waste my tax dollars on. OH, I forgot it indirectly involves BP so lets spend time on that. What a waste of time and tax dollars

July 20 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

While BP did lobby for the release of this mass murderer... it was the corrupt politicians that actually set him free.

July 20 2010 at 9:53 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
gmydogbud

The President can do all the taking he wants with the PM and nothing will change. Scotland let the Lockerbie bomber off for oil. Everyone with half a brain knew it at the time, nothing is going to change. So much for the U.K. and the U.S. being such close friends.

July 20 2010 at 9:47 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
truthforfreedom

I believe there has to have been a deal. How does one go from being terminal to have maybe 10 years of life left. Please. Whether BP was involved or not, this man should not have been released. He is a criminal and deserved to stay right where he was. If BP was involved, a government official in the British Isles would have been involved as well and it had to do with oil.

July 19 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

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