MacAskill book on Lockerbie bombing exposes another Salmond ‘economy with the truth’

Former Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill’s book has incidentally revealed that Alex Salmond lied directly to the public on the nature of the inter-governmental negotiations over the consequences of the inclusion of Ali Al Megrahi in the Prisoner Transfer Agreement that was quietly included in Tony Blair’s  infamous 2007  ‘deal in the desert’ with the then Libyan dictator, Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi.

In his book, The Lockerbie Bombing: the Search for Justice, Mr MacAskill reveals that the Scottish Government actually asked the UK government for specific  ‘concessions for Scotland’ in return for agreeing that the convicted Libyan, the so-called ‘Lockerbie bomber’, Ali Al Megrahi, held in prison in Greenock, could be included in this  ‘Prisoner Transfer Agreement’. [In the wake of this ‘deal in the desert’ agreement the UK got access concessions for UK oil companies to £13 billion worth of Libyan oil assets.]

Back in 2011, former UK Foreign Secretary, the serially slippery Jack Straw, made it public that there had been talks with the SNP Scottish Government about ‘concessions’ in return for permitting Al Megrahi to be returned to Libya.

Then Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, flatly denied the Straw statement, calling it, in typically flamboyant and typically deceptive rhetoric, ‘balderdash’.

Jack Straw described this denial as evidence that Mr Salmond was suffering from amnesia – a condition from which Mr Straw himself was never immune.

Straw was the Foreign Secretary who declared that he had no knowledge whatsoever of USA ‘extraordinary rendition’ torture flights transitioning through the UK airspace airports [Prestwick] and bases – with it being shown later that he did indeed have such knowledge – and indeed complicity.

MacAskill’s first hand account of the Salmond-led 2007 SNP government’s dealings with the UK Government on the Megrahi transfer issue, leaves Mr Salmond with some more transparently decoying bluster to be delivered. This effort-to-come might well also be described as ‘balderdash’ – which is ‘nonsense’.

The ‘negotiations’ – which interestingly saw the rookie negotiators gaining no ‘concessions for Scotland’- ended with the Libyan released fully by Mr MacAskill on compassionate grounds since he had been diagnosed as suffering from terminal cancer.

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  • What a load of cobblers!

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    Nae Fear Here May 16, 2016 8:22 pm Reply
  • What concessions are you talking about here. Why would the Scottish Government look for blood-money? For once we had people who stood firm and sent an innocent man home to die with his family and friends. The Scots have rid themselves of the Jack Straws of this world, hopefully for them never to return.
    Lockerbie is Scotland’s shame. Our legal system rolled over for the murderers of Bernt Carlsonn and his fellow travellers as they covered their tracks and set up their patsy.
    The release of Mr Megrahi was the only thing that we did in this sorry affair that we can be proud of.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie May 16, 2016 9:12 pm Reply
    • MM, read the book before kicking off on one of your conspiracy theories, I’m sure that the ministerial echelon will be able to answer the questions if they are allowed to!

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      Richard May 16, 2016 10:18 pm Reply
      • Parroting the standard Establishment Shill’s answer to any comment that is near the truth makes you look like such a thoughtless idiot.
        If you accept that the plane was blown out of the sky with an explosive device then there had to be a conspiracy involved there. The passengers and the people on the ground were murdered, they died in Scotland. Why did the Scottish legal system allow an alien agency to control the investigation? Why has the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) given up on the posthumous appeal into Megrahi’s conviction when every Scot with a conscience wants to hear it?
        As long as we are controlled by the British and their owners we will never be allowed to uncover the truth of this brutal murder and the injustice of an innocent man being framed, the guilt is all on our shoulders.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 17, 2016 4:44 am Reply
      • Absolute Cobblers!

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        Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 3:22 pm Reply
      • In terms of the trial there was no Jury.

        Judges carefully selected as pro establishment.

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        No Cheese Here May 17, 2016 6:35 pm Reply
  • Tony Blair ended up in a “love in” with Gaddafi.

    Do you “new labour” have something to hide.

    Of course

    Jack Straw with Blair are both lawyers – both know that it is only the power of the Ruk establishment and the US that protects them from prosecution over Iraq.

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    No Cheese Here May 17, 2016 12:32 am Reply

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