By Max Clarke
On 20 July 2010, the Prime Minister asked the Cabinet Secretary to conduct a review of Government papers relating to the release of Megrahi to see whether more needed to be published. The purpose was to ensure the fullest possible explanation of the circumstances surrounding his release.
The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell, has completed the review which has been published to Parliament and is also available on the Cabinet Office website. In completing the review the Cabinet Secretary was assisted by the former Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, whose opinion is that the documents published “provide a fair and accurate account of events”.
David Cameron, speaking yesterday at the House of Commons statement for the European Council and North Africa said about the Megrahi release:
“I have not altered my view which I expressed at the time which is that I thought that releasing Mr Megrahi was a very bad decision.
“He was convicted of the biggest mass murder in British history, and in my view he should have died in jail.”
Investigative journalist David Leigh, however, suggests in an article for the Guardian that WikiLeaks documents show that Scotland was not acting alone in its decision to release the bomber:
The British government's deep fears that Libya would take "harsh and immediate" action against UK interests if the convicted Lockerbie bomber died in a Scottish prison are revealed in secret US embassy cables which show London's full support for the early release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.