[The following resolution was introduced into the US House of Representatives on 30 July by Representatives Maffei (D, N-Y), Lee (R, N-Y) and McMahon (D, N-Y). It was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.]
Encouraging the United Kingdom to investigate British Petroleum (BP) for foreign corrupt practices.
Whereas Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people, including 189 United States citizens;
Whereas the Scottish courts released al-Megrahi from prison on August 20, 2009, under the understanding that he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer;
Whereas the Scottish authorities have never clarified why al-Megrahi could not receive humane treatment while still in captivity;
Whereas al-Megrahi seems to have well outlived his original diagnosis;
Whereas it is very troubling that al-Megrahi received a hero’s welcome to his home country of Libya;
Whereas British Petroleum (BP) admitted on July 15, 2010, that a delayed prisoner-transfer between Britain and Libya ‘could have a negative impact’ on BP’s oil negotiations;
Whereas there are allegations that BP inappropriately attempted to affect the Scottish Government’s decision and possibly even the doctor’s diagnosis; and
Whereas al-Megrahi’s release sends an incredibly offensive message to the families that lost loved ones on Pan Am Flight 103:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives encourages the United Kingdom to investigate British Petroleum (BP) for foreign corrupt practices.
[It is hugely entertaining to see politicians jumping onto a bandwagon just as its wheels come off.]