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26 Aug, 2009 18:27

“Secret deal behind Lockerbie plane bomber release”

The release of a Libyan man convicted of bombing Pan Am flight 103 could be based on lucrative financial deals between the Libyan government and high level British officials, said Wayne Madsen, RT contributor.

Citing sources close to the British government, Madsen said:

“A year ago, negotiations began between Colonel Gaddafi’s government and the British government to help bail out two of the largest Scottish banks, Halifax Bank of Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland, which gave loans that turned out to be very bad loans.”

“The deal was basically, to sum it up, a bail out for Al-Megrahi,” he said.

Two weeks prior to his release, Madsen said, there was a meeting between Saif al-Islam Gaddafi – the Libyan leader’s son – and British Business Secretary Peter Mandelson on the island of Corfu.

“That’s apparently where the deal was consummated,” he said.

Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi – the man convicted of bombing Pan Am flight 103 over the skies of Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988, returned to Libya a free man last week.

The Scottish government released the terminally-ill Libyan terrorist, saying the decision was based purely on compassionate grounds.