What’s worse? An international terrorist who blew up an airliner over Scottland, killing 270 people – most of them Americans? Or a multibillion-dollar oil company who lobbied the British government to free that terrorist so it could continue doing business in Libya?
The U.S. government is now investigating BP’s role in the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was the only person convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103.
The Daily Beast reports that U.S. law enforcement officials are convinced that Sir Mark Allen – a former MI6 spy; now a senior BP adviser in London – played a major role in releasing the Pan Am 103 bomber.
BP officials have not disputed charges that Allen contacted the British Minister of Justice in 2007. And it admits that BP lobbied the British government to speed up the prison-transfer process so that BP could pursue a $900 million oil-exploration project in Libya.
“It is a matter of public record that in late 2007 BP told the U.K. government that we were concerned about the slow progress that was being made in concluding a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya,” BP spokesman, Robert Wine said. “We were aware that this could have a negative impact on U.K. commercial interests, including the ratification by the Libyan government of BP’s exploration agreement.”
But BP contends that Allen did not lobby for the specific release of Megrahi, who was by far the most notorious prisoner involved the British-Libyan prisoner swap.
Democrats in Congress are now using the Gulf oil disaster as leverage to investigate BP’s involvement in Megrahi’s release.