Senators told BP did not try to free bomber

A review of US government records found no information about BP attempting to influence the release of the Lockerbie bomber, a committee hearing in America has been told.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi is the only person to be convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, in which 270 people died.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill released the Libyan, who has terminal prostate cancer, on compassionate grounds. His release 13 months ago sparked fury in America and has been condemned by politicians.

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A State Department representative said the department had "not identified any materials, beyond publicly available statements and correspondence, concerning attempts by BP or other companies to influence matters" related to the release.

US politicians have claimed the release was part of an oil deal, which has been strongly denied.