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BP warned of risks in delay in release of Libyan Bomber

BP warned of risks in delay in release of Libyan Bomber

Author: Reuters
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: September 5, 2009

British oil major BP Plc told the UK government two years ago that slow progress in concluding a Prisoner Transfer agreement with Libya threatened a multi-billion dollar exploration deal it was negotiating. BP said on Friday its advice did not refer specifically to the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, whose release from last month prompted criticism of Britain.

The British government has denied it put pressure on Scotland's devolved government over Megrahi in the terest of better ties with Libya and its leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Megrahi's release angered the American government and US relatives of the 270 people killed when Pan Am flight 103 blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.

"BP did bring to the attention of the UK Government in late 2007 our concern about the slow progress in concluding a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya," the company said.

"We were aware that delay might have negative consequences for UK commercial interests, including ratification Of BP's exploration agreement," it added in a statement.




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