BP Involved in Lockerbie Bomber Release?

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Four U.S. senators are requesting that BP be investigated for the company's possible role in last year's release of the man convicted in the Lockerbie airliner bombing.

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from a life sentence on compassionate grounds after doctors said the cancer-stricken, Libyan terrorist had only a few months to live. A doctor now says he could live for another decade.

Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York and Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey are concerned that the oil giant helped secure al-Megrahi's release in order to get a $900 million oil deal with Libya.

"Evidence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster seems to suggest that BP would put profit ahead of people - its attention to safety was negligible and it routinely underestimated the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf," they wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "The question we now have to answer is, was this corporation willing to trade justice in the murder of 270 innocent people for oil profits?"

BP says it did not specifically talk about the al-Megrahi case.

"Like many others, we were aware that a delay in the deal might have negative consequences for UK commercial interests, including ratification of BP's exploration agreement," company spokesman Robert Wine said.

"However, we did not express a view about the specific form of the agreement, which was a matter for the UK and Libyan governments, or make representations over the al-Megrahi case," he added.

The State Department hasn't confirm whether Clinton received the letter but said the U.S. had been opposed to al-Megrahi's release and registered that disapproval with the British government.

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