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BP lobbied UK over Libyan prisoner transfer case

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LONDON (Reuters) - BP confirmed on Thursday it had lobbied the British government in late 2007 over a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya because it was concerned a slow resolution would impact an offshore drilling deal with Libya.

“BP told the UK government that we were concerned about the slow progress that was being made in concluding a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya,” BP said in a statement on Thursday.

“We were aware that this could have a negative impact on UK commercial interests, including the ratification by the Libyan government of BP’s exploration agreement.”

BP said, however, it was not involved in discussions regarding the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi.

“The decision to release al-Megrahi in August 2009 was taken by the Scottish government. It is not for BP to comment on the decision of the Scottish government. BP was not involved in any such discussions about the release of al-Megrahi,” it said.

Reporting by Matt Scuffham; Editing by Dan Lalor