Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Gordon Brown's Porkies
The al-Megrahi release raises its head again in today's Telegraph. It alleges a Foreign Office minister, Bill Rammall, sent Libyan officials detailed legal advice on how to use Mr al-Megrahi's cancer diagnosis to ensure he was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.
Several times Gordon Brown insisted the British government had no involvement whatsoever in the release of al-Megrahi, yet he must have been aware a Foreign Office minister was in direct contact with Libyan officials.
The Telegraph has published more than 480 American documents which were obtained by the Wikileaks website and passed to the newspaper.
The unionist Scotsman takes the line that the documents will 'heighten pressure on the SNP administration at Holyrood to reveal the full extent of discussions with the UK government about how and when Megrahi could be released'. I see no evidence of any impropriety from the Scottish government in the few documents supplied online by the Telegraph. What I do see, if the documents' facts are accurate, that Gordon Brown lied.
Surely now Dr Swire will be granted his independent inquiry.