US Senators postpone Lockerbie BP hearing over lack of witnesses

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US Senators have postponed a hearing to investigate BP’s alleged role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber after the oil giant and British officials “stonewalled” requests for information.

The US Senate was forced to abandon this Thursday’s hearing after former ministers and senior BP executives refused to appear.

Those shunning invitations included Jack Straw, the former Justice Secretary, and Tony Hayward, the outgoing chief executive of BP.

The British Government has also failed to release documents requested by Senators in time. The information is currently being reviewed by the Cabinet Secretary.

The postponement of the hearing is likely to fuel growing American suspicion that a BP oil deal may have played a part in the release of the Lockerbie bomber last year — despite categorical denials from the British and Scottish governments that this was the case....

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