EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 22 (UPI) -- The Scottish government wasn't pressured by British oil company BP to release the man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, ministers said.
U.S. lawmakers called for a probe into the 2009 release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to Libyan authorities. The Scottish government released the former Libyan intelligence officer on compassionate grounds because of a terminal cancer diagnosis, though a doctor recently said Megrahi could live another 10 years.
British oil company BP said it was involved in negotiations on a prisoner transfer as part of an effort to secure an oil deal from Tripoli but it denied any specific negotiations regarding Megrahi.
British Prime Minister David Cameron during talks Wednesday in Washington said he would examine the issue to allay U.S. lawmaker concerns. P.J. Crowley, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said Washington welcomed the statement and Cameron's promise to work with U.S. senators on the issue.
Alex Salmond, the first minister of the Scottish government, in a letter to U.S. lawmakers said the decision to release Megrahi followed a "clear legal process" and was in no way related to BP, the BBC reports.
"I can say unequivocally that the Scottish government has never, at any point, received any representations from BP in relation to Megrahi," the letter read.