LIBYA Senator On Doctor Paid To Lie, Real Reason Over BP & Libyan $20b Plus Oil Deals
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How To Go To Heaven: www.jesus-is-savior.com www.guardian.co.uk WikiLeaks cables: Lockerbie bomber freed after Gaddafi's 'thuggish' threats Megrahi case led to threats against UK's Libyan interests, while Scots who released him had turned down 'a parade of treats' David Leigh guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 7 December 2010 16.30 EST The British government's deep fears that Libya would take "harsh and immediate" action against UK interests if the convicted Lockerbie bomber died in a Scottish prison are revealed in secret US embassy cables which show London's full support for the early release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, made explicit and "thuggish" threats to halt all trade deals with Britain and harass embassy staff if Megrahi remained in jail, the cables show. At the same time "a parade of treats" was offered by Libya to the Scottish devolved administration if it agreed to let him go, though the cable says they were turned down. Britain at the time was "in an awkward position" and "between a rock and a hard place". The London charge d'affaires, Richard LeBaron, wrote in a cable to Washington in October 2008. "The Libyans have told HMG [Her Majesty's Government] flat out that there will be 'enormous repercussions' for the UK-Libya bilateral relationship if Megrahi's early release is not handled properly." This intelligence, the cable said, was confided to the US embassy by two British officials: Ben Lyons, in charge of north Africa for Downing ...