On 14 August 2009, a delegation of U.S. senators, led by John McCain, met Colonel Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, to discuss the possible delivery of US military equipment to Libya.
(US senators discuss military equipment for Libya)
Who is going to get Libya's oil?
Libya has the largest proven oil reserves of any African country. (Vast oil and gas reserves help to warm relations with Libya)
Three top UK companies, Shell, BP and BG, have signed deals to develop Libya's oil and gas reserves.
Who is going to sell the most weapons to libya?
The UK's Lord Mandelson recently met Colonel Gaddafi's son in Corfu.
Britain's Prince Andrew has met Libya's leader Colonel Gaddafi three times in the past year.
Did Prince Andrew smooth the path to the Lockerbie bomber's release?
If Megrahi is released back to Libya, will this lead to further revelations about possible US government involvement in the Lockerbie Bombing?
According to the UK Daily Mail, 19 August 2009, Megrahi's fate lies today in the hands of "an obscure nationalist politician in the Scottish Executive, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill - whose chief claim to fame until now was his detention at a football match on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly." (Lockerbie and the price of devolution)
To be fair, Scotland's Justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, has not been described as a war criminal, unlike certain politicians south of the Scottish border.
Kenny MacAskill could have released Megrahi earlier and this could have been done without Megrahi having to drop his appeal?
MacAskill's excuse is presumably that he did not receive the final reports from the prison governor and expert medical opinion until around the 15 August 2009.
The law allows Kenny MacAskill to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds.
A release on compassionate grounds has never required the dropping of any appeal against conviction.
(Worry over Megrahi case)
So, why did megrahi drop his appeal?