Lockerbie documents: Labour party 'did all it could' to secure bomber's release

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The former Labour Government did "all it could" to help Libya secure the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Britain's most senior civil servant said today.

David Cameron will this afternoon publish a dossier of 150 pages of letters, memos and minutes related to the case after he promised Barack Obama, the US President, to review all the paperwork and see what could be made public.

In an accompanying report, Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, concludes: "Policy was ... progressively developed that Her Majesty's Government should do all it could ... to facilitate an appeal by the Libyans to the Scottish government for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's release under the Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA) or for release on compassionate grounds.

"Such an approach was understood across all relevant departments."

In a separate statement to coincide with the release of its down batch of Lockerbie documents, the Scottish executive claimed that the UK Government changed its position on the release of the Lockerbie bomber due to "commercial considerations, including lobbying by BP"....

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