Even as Scotland insists its decision to release the Lockerbie bomber was a compassionate one, a conversation between Moammar Gadhafi’s son and the bomber suggests some backroom wheeling and dealing, the Sunday Telegraph reports. A transcript has Saif Gadhafi telling the bomber, “You were on the table in all commercial, oil, and gas agreements that we supervised in that period. You were on the table in all British interests when it came to Libya.”
Questions are swirling over the connection between business secretary Lord Mandelson, who denies claims of such a deal, and the younger Gadhafi. “The evidence is mounting that there was far more to the release of Megrahi than simply a judicial decision based on compassion,” said a British MP. Downing Street said last night that PM Gordon Brown and the elder Gadhafi had talked about the release at last month's G8 summit.