Minister Who Freed Lockerbie Bomber Has Bro in Oil Biz

Kenny MacAskill's brother has pitched oil business to Libya
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2009 6:08 AM CDT
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, foreground, and First Minister Alex Salmond during the Lockerbie debate at the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/David Cheskin, PA)
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(Newser) – The Scottish government minister who freed the Lockerbie bomber has a brother who works in the oil industry and has pitched oil business to Libya, reports the Wall Street Journal. Kenny MacAskill's brother, Allan, spent 20 years at BP, which admits that it lobbied for a prisoner-transfer agreement between the UK and Libya, and now works in renewables. Edinburgh dismissed criticisms of the link as "ridiculous," but the government failed to disclose the relationship even after Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's release.