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Jack Straw explains Labour role in Lockerbie release

Jack Straw - who was Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary and Justice Secretary - explains the position of the last Labour government over its role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

Mr Straw said: "All things considered.. it would be better if he were not to die in a British jail".

Andrew Neil quizzes him over an alleged government commitment to the US that the killer would die in a Scottish jail.

"This was extremely difficult for the last government" and added: "I do not believe that faced with the same set of circumstances that any British government - or indeed an American government - would have come to a different decision."

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  • 09 Feb 2011