Abdel Baset al-Megrahi with Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi after his return to Libya
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Wikileaks: UK feared Lockerbie bomber dying in jail

Libya threatened Britain with "enormous repercussions" if the Lockerbie bomber died in jail, cables published by Wikileaks claim.

The US diplomatic messages suggest London fully backed the Scottish government's decision to release Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds.

The details, published in the Guardian, allege Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi made "thuggish" threats to halt all trade deals if Megrahi stayed in jail.

Humphrey Hawksley reports.

  • 08 Dec 2010