As told by Tory MP, a backbench, a UK public inquiry ought to be held into the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
Daniel Kawczynski, chairman, Westminster all-party group on Libya, also apologized with the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill for the “huge error” of releasing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi a little less than a year ago.
American politicians are to criticize David Cameron over claims that BP petitioned for the liberation of Megrahi to protect its oil deal, on arrival of the Prime Minister to the US today for his first official visit since acquiring office.
Mr MacAskill has already declared that he would be ready to respond to any inquiry regarding the circumstances surrounding Megrahi’s liberation case.
But the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Mr Kawcynski, told BBC Radio Scotland today: “Clearly Mr MacAskill has made a huge error which has impacted on British foreign policy.”
“So far, I haven’t heard any explanation or apology from Mr MacAskill and it’s very daunting for relatives of those who have died when ministers make decisions which turn out to be flawed, then they’re not prepared to account for themselves and not even prepared to apologise.”
“I would like to take this opportunity of asking Mr MacAskill to make an urgent statement and an apology for the gross error that he has made.”
Mr Kawczynski further added that the “national Parliament” at Westminster was unable to hold Mr MacAskill accountable for the decision.
“That’s why I think the only way to do it is to have a national public inquiry.”
Four US Democrat senators had asked Britain to investigate the release of Megrahi, last week
They now want an inquiry to inspect the allegation that the oil giant BP petitioned for his release to ensure a smooth exploration deal with Libya. Reportedly, an influential senate committee is also set to scrutinize the case.
The Scottish Government liberated Megrahi, suffering from terminal cancer, from prison on compassionate grounds last year in August after medical advice claimed that he had some three months to live. This release from Greenock Prison met with anger, more so amongst victims’ relatives and politicials in the US
Megrahi was the only man to be convicted of the Lockerbie incident, which killed 270 people in the blast of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21 1988.