In July of 2007, Jack Straw said he favoured an option to leave out Megrahi by stipulating that any prisoners convicted before a specified date would not be considered for transfer.
Straw then switched his position as Libya used its deal with BP as a bargaining chip to insist the Lockerbie bomber was included.
In December of 2007, Jack Straw told Kenny MacAskill that the UK government was abandoning its attempt to exclude Megrahi from the prisoner transfer agreement.
When Jack Straw said, "I have agreed that in this instance the [PTA] should be in the standard form and not mention any individual." He meant that Megrahi should no longer be an exception to the PTA (Prisoner Transfer Deal). . From BBC News: "L...ot;
A typical Sunday Times non-scoop disclosing what everyone already knew - that nations make bilateral prisoner exchange arrangements in their national interests but that Megrahi's release by Scotland was on compassionate grounds...
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