Senate asks ex-British PM Blair to Lockerbie hearing: reports

23rd July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has been invited to testify before a US Senate committee examining whether BP played a role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber, reports said Friday.

The former premier has been asked to appear at the hearing in Washington next week, the BBC and Sky News television reported.

Former British justice secretary Jack Straw was also invited Thursday to attend the hearing.

Scotland has turned down a request for its Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill, who made the decision to release the bomber, to attend the hearing.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the only man convicted over the 1988 bombing that killed 270 people, was freed by Scotland last August after being given three months to live.

But he is still alive in his native Libya almost a year later.

© 2010 AFP

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