Gaddafi’s son says Blair talks could lead to Megrahi’s release

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Gaddafi’s son says Blair talks could lead to Megrahi’s release

Secret talks between Tony Blair and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have led to hopes that the Lockerbie bomber will soon be returning to his Libyan homeland, according to the Libyan leader's son.

On a visit to France, Saif al Islam Gadaffi said the talks, in the closing weeks of the British leader's premiership, were also linked to an improvement in relations between Europe and Tripoli that yesterday saw the first news of an arms deal since an embargo was lifted three years ago.

Mr Blair failed to inform the Scottish Executive about his memorandum of understanding with the Tripoli government on transfer of prisoners, provoking strong criticism from First Minister Alex Salmond when he found out.

Abdel Basset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi is the former Libyan government agent whose release the Tripoli government has made clear is now its top priority. He was found guilty in 2001 of the murder of 270 people in the 1988 bombing of airline passengers flying from London to New York, including 20 killed by debris in and around Lockerbie. He is held in Greenock prison.

In an interview for the French newspaper Le Monde, Saif al Islam Gadaffi made the link between Mr Blair's visit and the return of al Megrahi. He went on to indicate there is a further link with the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted in Libya of infecting Libyan children with HIV and sentenced to death, but freed last month.

The 35-year-old Gadaffi, visiting Nice, added that Libyan officials were in London to discuss the agreement with Britain about a month ago.

However, a spokesman for the Foreign Office in London said: "Any decision on Mr Megrahi would be a matter for the Scottish courts and the Scottish authorities.

"There is no deal being done".

An executive spokesman said: "Prisoner transfer is a matter for Scottish ministers to decide. Ministers' absolute priority is ensuring that the independent legal process that is underway takes its proper course."

The Megrahi case is to go before Scotland's Court of Appeal which will decide whether to accept a recommendation from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission that the evidence in the Lockerbie trial should be re-examined.

While the diplomatic pressure is stepped up, Scottish judges are not expected to rush their decision. With the need for both sides to prepare their cases, it is expected to be next year before any appeal hearing could begin.

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1589630.0.0.php

Heres a deal we could make. Remember France wanted general manuel noriega? Well Why dont we sell general manuel noriega to Britan for exchange for 2 Libyan Terrorist and hold them a trial in the US on murdering americans on Flight 103. And if France wants manuel noriega get him from britan im sure they like to deal with france too :D so if france wants to play diplomacy games with us were play diplomacy games with them.Heres the French Link

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070814/ts_alt_afp/panamafranceusextraditenoriega_070814012051

MIAMI (AFP) - Lawyers for Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega urged a US court on Monday not to extradite him to France when he ends his jail time in the United States.



"The government of the United States, for no reason, very much wants General Noriega to be sent to France," the former military leader's lawyer Jon May told the US federal court in Miami.

"General Noriega has the right to be given the protection of the Geneva Conventions ... and be returned without delay to Panama," he added

The general, 72, maintains he should be treated as a prisoner of war since he was seized in 1990 by US troops occupying Panama, and that the international conventions dictate he must be sent home upon completing his sentence.

To highlight this claim, Noriega appeared in court as usual in his military uniform. He was formerly a collaborator with the US Central Intelligence Agency, but as a military ruler fell from US favor due to the drug trade.

His jail term in the United States for drug trafficking expires after 17 years on September 9. In 1999, a French court sentenced him in absentia to 10 years for money laundering, and France last month requested his extradition.
Well France should have thought twice before playing those diplomacy games over the UN to forbid america to attack IRAQ. We were the ones who Bail france from Adolph Hitler nazi army regime back in June 6th 1944. And those men died to free france from Adolph Hitler. And the french have forgoten that day. And they turn right around and spit on us right at the UN. So Mr Bill OReilly organzied a French Boycott. And the Boycotts worked cause Jacques Chirac didnt get Re-Elected. The french voters respond cause lack of Jobs and High Unemployment has been the result of americas boycott.And it shows Boycotts do work!:D
 
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