View Full Version : Lockerbie bomber release linked to arms deal, according to secret letter

07-27-2013, 09:15 PM
The release of the Lockerbie bomber was linked by the Government to a £400 million arms-export deal to Libya, according to secret correspondence obtained by The Sunday Telegraph.

By Robert Mendick, and Edward Malnick

9:03PM BST 27 Jul 2013

An email sent by the then British ambassador in Tripoli details how a prisoner transfer agreement would be signed once Libya “fulfils its promise” to buy an air defence system.

The disclosure is embarrassing for members of the then Labour government, which always insisted that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s release was not linked to commercial deals.

The email, which contained a briefing on the UK’s relations with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, was sent on June 8 2008 by Sir Vincent Fean, the then UK ambassador, to Tony Blair’s private office, ahead of a visit soon after he stepped down as prime minister.

07-28-2013, 01:20 AM
That's strange, or perhaps it was just finally proven, but I thought there was always strong speculation that his release was tied to a financial transaction.