Brits to Release Lockerbie Papers
But Cameron opposes inquiry into bomber's release
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 21, 2010 1:20 AM CDT
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron head to a news conference in the White House yesterday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to release new documents on Scotland's controversial decision to free the Lockerbie bomber—but he's opposed to a new inquiry into the matter. "I don't need an inquiry to tell me what I already know, which is that it was a bad decision," Cameron said in Washington, referring to the release of cancer-suffering bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Cameron said officials are already searching through documents to see what else can be released on the decision to free the Libyan who killed 270 people in the 1988 bombing of Pam-Am flight 103.

The US foreign relations committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter, and four East Coast senators representing families of victims are demanding a British inquiry into the extent of BP lobbying for Megrahi's release to curry favor with oil-rich Libya. Cameron has denied that BP played a role in the decision. Asked if BP should be stopped from drilling in Libya while the decision process is investigated, Cameron said he doesn't think it's right to "connect these issues," reports the Guardian.