Salmond writes to US senators over Lockerbie bomber

Scottish First Minister denies that BP lobbied for the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Alex Salmond has written to US senators defending his government's decision to release the Lockerbie bomber. In a letter to John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Scottish First Minister insisted that his administration made the decision to free Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate ground and had received no representations from BP on the matter.

He wrote: "I want first of all to restate the revulsion of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland at the bombing of Flight Pan Am 103 and to acknowledge the terrible pain and suffering inflicted on the victims and the relatives of all those who died in the Lockerbie atrocity. Whatever different views we have about the release of Al-Megrahi, I am sure we stand together on that."

"I can say unequivocally that the Scottish Government has never, at any point, received any representations from BP in relation to Al-Megrahi."

The 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 killed 270 people, 190 of whom were American.