BP Will Be Asked to Testify at Lockerbie Hearing
An executive from BP will be asked to testify at a July 29 hearing on the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of organizing the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Senate Democrats have accused BP of helping to coordinate the release of al-Megrahi in order to finalize plans for a major drilling project in Libya. BP yesterday told TWI yesterday that it had voiced concerns to the British government that the slow transfer of al-Megrahi out of prison in Scotland could have implications for the ratification of its $900 billion oil exploration agreement in Libya. But a company spokeswoman denied working with the Scottish government to expedite al-Megrahi’s release.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) will chair the hearing on the release of al-Megrahi in the Senate Finance Committee.