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Senator is given short shrift by Scots leader

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday issued a stern admonishment to a US senator investigating the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi.

The US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee is investigating whether BP lobbied for Megrahi's release to help get a $900m (£565m) exploration agreement with Libya.

In a terse letter to Senator Robert Menendez, Mr Salmond said: “You and some of your senatorial colleagues have suggested that the Scottish Government have sought to pass responsibility to others for the release of al Megrahi. That is simply not the case.”

The First Minister also refuted speculation that the motive for Megrahi's release — because he has terminal cancer — was less than pure.

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