Did Prince Andrew arrange for Lockerbie bomber’s early release?

The Duke of York ‘quite possibly’ discussed the Lockerbie bombing case with Colonel Gaddafi, royal sources revealed yesterday.

Prince Andrew has flown to North Africa and met the Libyan leader no fewer than three times in the past year, once officially and at least twice privately. Although the duke was acting as Britain’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, the fate of the man convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi, could well have been mentioned, courtiers conceded.

Prince Andrew with Omar Massoud, Gaddafis nephew, at Windsor
Prince Andrew with Omar Massoud, Gaddafi's nephew, at Windsor

The palace was at pains to point out that Prince Andrew has no judicial role in deciding whether to release Megrahi early. But the Libyan is expected to win his freedom tomorrow on ‘ compassionate grounds’ because he has terminal cancer. The suspicion will now be that Andrew played a behind-the-scenes role in smoothing the path for his release from a Scottish jail.

Prince Andrew has steadily forged a relationship with Gaddafi over a series of meetings with him and his ‘favourite’ son and likely heir Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who has a home in London. Saif has visited both Buckingham Palace and Windsor castle.

The duke also met Omar Massoud, described as one of Gaddafi’s nephews, at a party at Windsor Castle in February 2005. Asked if the duke had ever discussed Megrahi with Colonel Gaddafi, a courtier said yesterday: ‘The name will have been raised in those discussions, it is quite possible, but the Duke of York would not have interfered in any judicial process. He is absolutely focused on British trade interests.’

The duke attended a gala dinner in honour of Colonel Gaddafi, who was on an official visit. He and Gaddafi are said to have greeted each other warmly and spoken for more than a quarter of an hour. Three months later, the pair met again, in the Libyan capital Tripoli. According to Buckingham Palace, the prince was on another ‘private’ trip to the region, and diverted to Libya at the last-minute invitation of Colonel Gaddafi. UK DAILY MAIL



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Lockerbie bomber’s private jet to freedom courtesy of Gaddafi.

Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, who could be released today
Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, who could be released today

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will send his private jet to collect the Lockerbie bomber and take him home to Libya if, as expected, he is released from jail today on compassionate grounds.

Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Secretary, said that he would announce at 1pm his decision on whether Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi should be freed, but he gave no indication last night as to what that decision would be.

A luxury aircraft was scheduled to collect the bomber at Glasgow airport yesterday for his triumphant return to Tripoli, but the flight was cancelled at lunchtime because Mr MacAskill’s advisers were still locked in talks after intense diplomatic pressure from America to keep al-Megrahi in jail.

Staff at Glasgow airport have been put on standby to receive the Libyan leader’s aircraft with an hour’s notice to spirit al-Megrahi out of the country.The revelation will fuel speculation that the Libyans had already been assured that al-Megrahi would be returned to Tripoli before the start of the Muslim festival of Ramadan tomorrow, even though the Scottish authorities were insisting publicly until 7pm last night that no decision had been taken. TIMES ONLINE UK

Let’s hope they have the good sense to keep this mass murderer in prison until he dies in extreme pain and alone, hopefully.