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Saturday, September 5, 2009

al Megrahi for Oil?

Who trades prisioners for oil? Britian.

Still, there have since been allegations that the British government pushed hard for al Megrahi's release because it wanted to appease Libya, which wanted al Megrahi to return home.

The Sunday Times newspaper alleged last week that Britain wanted al Megrahi to at least be eligible for the prisoner transfer agreement in order to clear the way for a deal allowing BP to drill for oil in Libya.

British and Scottish officials have denied that, and this week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown took time out from a scheduled event to squash the allegation.

"I made it clear that for us, there was never a linkage between any other issue and the Scottish government's own decision about Megrahi's future," Brown said. "On our part, there was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double-dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no private assurances by me to (Moammar) Gadhafi."

Scotland fought hard to keep al Megrahi out of the prisoner transfer agreement, according to declassified government documents released this week.

The documents show Straw first assured Scotland he would tell the Libyans that Britain would not agree to any prisoner transfer treaty unless al Megrahi was specifically excluded. But only three months later, he told Edinburgh he was giving up efforts to keep al Megrahi out of the deal "in view of the overwhelming interests for the United Kingdom."

Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi told CNN that initially, Britain refused to heed to Libya's demands that al Megrahi be included in the prisoner release agreement.

"There was no mention of Mr. Megrahi until the British said, 'we are ready to sign but there should be a clause mentioning that Mr. Megrahi is excluded.' And then we said no," Gadhafi said. "We were very very angry. It's not acceptable."

The agreement was eventually signed and days later, Libya approved a huge oil exploration contract with BP.

Oh I know, Gordon Brown denies it, but there is no way this was not a strong factor in Britian now being able to drill for that sweet, sweet oil in Libya. That's the fun thing about being countries-Britian didn't have to negitiate al Megrahi release-they just had Scotland do it.

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