Just when you thought British Petroleum (BP) could not get more unpopular. As tests indicate a leak and massive readings of methane release at the Gulf spill site, reports have indicated that it was BP that lobbied for the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in order to secure a lucrative oil deal from Libya. BP it appears (as its slogan says) “to make the day a little better” for al-Megrahi and a lot better for BP investors.
The new allegations are clouding the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to Washington.
We recently discussed how al-Megrahi was supposed to die within a couple of months but is now still very much alive after almost a year. Doctors now say he could live much longer and critics have charged that the British government manufactured the excuse for the release to curry the favor of Libya despite the fact that al-Megrahi represented the greatest mass murderer tried in UK courts.
BP was seeking to secure rights to an offshore oil project with Libya and reportedly sought to secure the release of the terrorist as a quid pro quo.