Lockerbie Bomber

Brown: No Release 'Cover-Up'

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says that "no deal" led to the release of Libyan Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber. Earlier this month, al-Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds, just eight years into his life sentence for his role in 1988's bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland, which killed 270 people. On Tuesday, Scottish officials released documents stating that Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell told Libyan officials that Brown didn't want the bomber to die in a Scottish prison. Rammell confirmed his statement to Libya, but said he didn't discuss the statement with Brown. Brown said Wednesday: "There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no assurances by me to Colonel Gaddafi."