UPDATE 1-US, UK officials discuss Libyan prisoner’s release

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WASHINGTON, July 16 (BestGrowthStock) – Britain may wish to explain
the circumstances leading to last year’s release of a Libyan
convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and what role, if any,
BP Plc may have played, to U.S. lawmakers investigating the
matter, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the suggestion
during a 12-minute telephone call with British Foreign Minister
William Hague that covered several other topics, spokesman P.J.
Crowley told reporters.

The Scottish government has denied it had any contact with
oil firm BP Plc (BP.N: ) (BP.L: ) before its decision last year to
release Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi to
Tripoli on compassionate grounds.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday
said it would ask BP officials to testify after the UK-based
oil giant said it had lobbied the British government in 2007
over a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya.

BP has said it was not involved in any discussions
regarding Megrahi’s release.

“The secretary indicated that, you know, it might be
appropriate for the British government to communicate with
Congress as well to make sure that they fully understand, you
know, what transpired a year ago,” Crowley said.

Megrahi was the only person convicted of the bombing of Pan
Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270
people, most of them Americans.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Scottish
court sitting in The Netherlands in 2001 and released in August
by Scotland because he was suffering terminal prostate cancer
and was said to have as little as three months to live.

UPDATE 1-US, UK officials discuss Libyan prisoner’s release