Labour MSP Urges US Official to Seek Megrahi Medical Files

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A Labour MSP is to meet a US Senate inquiry official who is visiting Scotland as part of a Senate hearing into the release of Al Megrahi.

Richard Baker who is the Labour Justice Spokesman at Holyrood has revealed that he will meet the representative of US Senator Robert Menendez in Edinburgh on Thursday and will urge the US official to ask for Al Megrahi’s medical files.

 

A Labour MSP is to meet a US Senate inquiry official who is visiting Scotland as part of a Senate hearing into the release of Al Megrahi.

Richard Baker who is the Labour Justice Spokesman at Holyrood has revealed that he will meet the representative of US Senator Robert Menendez in Edinburgh on Thursday and will urge the US official to ask for Al Megrahi’s medical files.

Mr Menendez is one of four US Senators who believe that the release of Megrahi was part of an oil deal involving BP.  The US Senator, together with three colleagues, also believed that the medical evidence on which Kenny MacAskill based his decision to release Mr Megrahi was supplied by Professor Karol Sikora who had been paid by Libya.

These misunderstandings on the part of the senators has led to an ongoing transatlantic row involving Washington, London and Edinburgh and culminated in the US Senate requesting that Scottish and UK Ministers attend their hearing – a request that was declined.

Mr Baker has said that he will join with the US Official and demand that the Scottish Government publicise Mr Megrahi’s medical records.  Mr Baker claims that we have yet to get to the truth of the matter and only the publication of the records will suffice.

The North East MSP said: “Kenny MacAskill and other SNP ministers took the decision to release  Megrahi and the medical evidence that they relied upon has not been published.

“I will make it clear that to get to the truth of the matter the Senators should focus their attentions on that advice.”

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill released Mr Megrahi on compassionate grounds after a medical report compiled from the observations of specialists deemed that three months was a reasonable prognosis given Mr Megrahi’s then state of health.

Labour have continually attacked the decision with Iain Gray recently describing the medical evidence as “flawed”.

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