''WHO IS ABDEL BASSET AL-MEGRAHI?
Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was the only person convicted of the Dec. 21, 1988 mid-air bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people, most of them Americans.
Megrahi was found to have played a "prominent part in planning and in perpetrating" the bombing of the New York to London flight and was convicted of the murder of the 259 people aboard and 11 people on the ground killed by falling debris.
Megrahi was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Scottish court in 2001, with a minimum jail term of 27 years.
Scotland released Megrahi in August, 2009 on compassionate grounds after being advised that he was suffering terminal prostate cancer and had as little as three months to live. He returned to Tripoli and is still alive nearly a year later.''
''BP said it told the British government it was "concerned about the slow progress" in negotiating the agreement. It also has said it knew this could hurt a BP offshore oil drilling deal that required approval by the Libyan government.
The oil company said it was not involved in any discussions with the Scottish executive about releasing Megrahi. However, Megrahi was the most obvious potential beneficiary of the Prisoner Transfer Agreement that Libya and Britain eventually reached.''