POLITICS
23/08/2011 14:57 BST | Updated 24/10/2011 06:12 BST

William Hague: Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset Ali Al-Megrahi's Release Should Be Reviewed By The Scottish Government

Foreign secretary William Hague has said he believes the Scottish government should “urgently” review the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Ali Al-Megrahi.

“Well the Prime Minister and I were both sharply critical of the release of Al-Megrahi when that happened, we have always thought it was the wrong thing to do. It was, of course, a matter for the Scottish Executive not for the United Kingdom Government but, and so it’s not a matter I can control now.

“But if I was a Scottish minister, rather than a UK Government minister, I would be looking urgently to review this situation and see what I could do about it”, he told BBC News on Tuesday afternoon.

Yesterday a spokesman for the Scottish council whose responsibility it is to monitor Al-Megrahi told Huff Post UK they were looking to get in touch with him soon: “Up until Friday, I would have said all of the contact is entirely up to date.

"The position at the moment is because of the situation in the city we will be looking to make contact with him sooner than we’d expected to, and the reason for that is to make sure that we can continue to make the contact we’ve had over the last two years.”

Conservative MP Robert Halfon had called for Al-Megrahi to be sent back to the UK if the Gaddafi regime crumbles.