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Evidence That British Ministers Traded Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi For Gadaffi’s Oil

by | 27th, August 2009

libya-dealDID the British Government – those traders in ethical foreign policy – do a deal with Libya that traded mass murderer Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for oil?

Opposition parties say ministers have “serious questions” to answer after Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif, said Megrahi’s release was part of a trade deal.

Remember Saif?

In 2002, Saif Gaddafi, the son of Libyan Leader Colonel Gaddafi, celebrated his victory against The Sunday Telegraph outside the High Court. Gaddafi, then a 29-year-old architect and engineer, was at the High Court to fight 1563706against The Sunday Telegraph in which he was claiming libel damages over an article in 1995 which he says accused him of being a dishonest maverick involved in money laundering.

He won. The British media lost. Now the same Daily Telegraph that questioned Saif’s honesty tells us:

Saif al Islam Gaddafi, Col Gaddafi’s son, made it clear that in all business talks with Britain, the release of al-Megrahi was always ‘on the negotiating table.’ That claim, allied with the new revelation that other ministers have been holding wide-ranging talks, puts Mr Brown in an increasingly difficult position.

Who or what to believe?

AGW sees a press release by the press association. “Not a lot to add… Apart from saying that Mandelson’s “offensive” quote is a cracker.

(He would say that wouldn’t he?…as that other notorious Mandy…Welsh tart Marilyn Rice-Davies…famously said of Lord Astor’s denials during the court case following the Profumo scandal. Not that I would ever associate the openly gay UK Business Minister with a call-girl. That would be completely over the top.

You’d need more than a touch of terminal disease to get out of jail with a free card and a Mediterranean pied a terre after that level of journalistic offence.”)

The news:

PRESSURE is increasing on Gordon Brown to disclose details of trade deals negotiated with Libya.

It comes after it was reported that three ministers had visited the country in 15 months leading up to the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Lord Jones, then trade minister, travelled to Libya in May last year to speak to business representatives, according to reports.

Former health minister Dawn Primarolo was said to have conducted talks with the Libyan prime minister in November last year, and Bill Rammell, then Foreign Office minister, held discussions with his Libyan counterparts in February 2009.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson also met Libyan health ministers at the World Health Assembly in Geneva last year when he was health secretary, it was reported.

And now the best bit:

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson dismissed the suggestion that the bomber’s case was on the table during talks as “offensive“.

So was it under the table, then?

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi Dies



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