Blair met Gaddafi aide before Lockerbie bomber’s release

September 25th, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 25 (IANS) Former British prime minister Tony Blair and Prince Andrew had a secret meeting with a Muammar Gaddafi aide in London just before the Lockerbie bomber was released, says a new documentary.

A “Dispatches” episode on Channel 4 said Blair met Libya’s former chief of staff Bashir Saleh Bashir at the former British prime minister’s home in July 2009, according to the Daily Mail.

Bashir was one of Gaddafi’s closest allies, occupying key roles for the ousted leader.

He had hosted a lunch on the same day at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in London, where Prince Andrew was guest of honour.

Blair’s office has confirmed he met Bashir at his home.

A spokesman said the meeting discussed how to use Libyan money to fund projects in Africa.

The spokesman, however, denied Blair had ever benefited financially from his Libyan business activities, and that Libya’s request to release al-Megrahi was not discussed.

“He (Bashir) was head of the Africa Development Fund which was the reason for the meeting, about how best Libya used its Africa Development Fund to help internationally supported infrastructure projects in Africa.”

“The decision to release al-Megrahi was made years after Tony Blair was prime minister,” he said.

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was freed from jail in Scotland Aug 20, 2009, causing an uproar in Britain and the US.

Al-Megrahi was accused of bombing the Pan Am flight 103 from London to New York over Lockerbie in Scotland in which 259 people on board and 11 on the ground were killed.

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