BLAIR, LIBYA AND LABOUR

The Daily Mirror has just published a story which alleges that Tony Blair did a deal with Libya that allowed for the return of the Lockerbie bomber in exchange for trade and oil.

It would seem that despite attempts by the UK Government to say little on the affair, this is whole issue is going to run and run and that it may be the final straw that breaks this Government.

As a Times article indicates, there remain a number of unanswered questions including:
  • What were the precise terms of the agreement that Britain reached with the US and Libya in 1999 that those convicted of the Lockerbie bombing would serve out their sentences in Scotland?

  • Just what did Tony Blair say to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi when they met in 2004 and again, in the Libyan leader’s tent, in 2007?

  • Exactly what was going on inside the heads of British and Scottish government ministers during the fraught negotiations in recent months over the fate of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi?

To those I would add the following:

  • Did Gordon Brown know the details of any deals brokered by Tony Blair with Libya?

  • Has Peter Mandelson had any recent discussions with UK oil companies over Libyan investment ?

  • Did the Prime Minister inform either the US Ambassador or the US President that the decision to free Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi was imminent?

This whole affair is becoming murkier by the minute and the fact that Libya's Sovereign Fund has decided to open offices in London in a deal allegdly brokered by Lord Mandelson raises even more questions about the UK Government's role and their willingness to jeopardise our diplomatic relationship with one of our staunchest allies for a couple of oil contracts.

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