Scottish government officials turn down invitation to US Lockerbie hearing

It’s understandable why they would decline but still, it’s disappointing. Staying at home only makes their decision look even more suspicious though speaking to the Senate has the potential to make matters even worse. What will be interesting is to hear BP’s Tony Hayward discuss this issue. BP already confirmed that it did speak with government officials about the Libyan oil fields even though British PM Cameron said that was not the case while in Washington. BBC:

Scottish ministers and officials have turned down a request to attend a US Senate hearing next week over the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and the Scottish Prison Service’s medical chief Dr Andrew Fraser were invited.

Senators also invited Westminster former justice secretary Jack Straw.

BP chief executive Tony Hayward was asked to attend after allegations that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi’s release was linked to an oil deal.

Megrahi was jailed for life for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 which killed 270 people, most of them Americans.

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