Should UK politicians attend US Lockerbie hearing?
Former British Justice Secretary Jack Straw has declined to appear before a US Senate hearing on the Lockerbie controversy. Is this the right decision?
Libyan Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted of bombing a US-bound jumbo jet over Lockerbie in 1988. He was released from a Scottish prison last August after doctors said he only had three months to live.
US senators want to investigate suspicions that BP may have pressed for Megrahi's release in order to help secure an offshore deal with Libya.
The Scottish government has declined an invitation to attend the hearing and oil giant BP is considering its course of action after also receiving an invitation to give evidence to the committee.
Should the US Senate look into the release of Megrahi? When is it acceptable for firms to lobby governments? Is the Scottish government solely accountable for the release? Should UK politicians attend the hearing?
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