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Gadaffi lauds Brown for Lockerbie bomber release
Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi thanked UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown for the much-anticipated release of the Lockerbie…
August 23, 2009 12:01 by kippreport
Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi thanked UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown for the much-anticipated release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, reports the BBC.
Gadaffi said the prime minister pushed the Scottish government to make what he described as a “courageous” decision.
Meanwhile the UK Foreign Office has denied claims that the decision to release al-Megrahi was linked to a trade deal between the two countries.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said the allegation was “wrong, completely implausible and… quite offensive”.
The allegations were made after Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, told Libyan TV the issue of al-Megrahi’s release was brought up during talks over oil and gas.
Al-Megrahi was released on Thursday on compassionate grounds. The 57-year-old prisoner is dying of cancer.