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Lockerbie papers to be released

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With outrage and controversy mounting, the British and Scottish governments say they will soon reveal why they decided to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, by releasing a series of official correspondence on the matter.

Mr. Megrahi, who is said to be suffering from terminal cancer, was released from a Scottish prison on Aug. 20, allegedly on compassionate grounds. He had served eight years of a life sentence, after being convicted of murdering 270 people aboard Pan Am flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

His release has been shrouded in mystery, divided public opinion in England, and been met with blistering critique around the world.The head of the US Federal Bureau of Intelligence, Robert Mueller, strongly condemned the release, drawing a rebuke from British authorities.

The Sunday Times, meanwhile, reported this week that Meghrahi’s release may have been timed in order to win favorable concessions for the British government in an oil deal with Libya. The government denied any such agreement.

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