The former Labour government did “all it could” to help Libya secure the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Britain’s top civil servant is expected to say on Monday.
Sir Gus O’Donnell reportedly makes the admission in a review of the process that led to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi being freed on compassionate grounds in August 2009.
Prime Minister David Cameron is due to make a statement to MPs after a dossier of official documents shedding light on the controversy is published.
In an accompanying summary, Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus apparently concludes: “Policy was, therefore, progressively developed that Her Majesty’s Government should do all it could, while respecting devolved competencies, to facilitate an appeal by the Libyans to the Scottish government for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi’s release under the Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA) or for release on compassionate grounds.
“Such an approach was understood across all relevant departments.”