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111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. RES. 1597

Encouraging the United Kingdom to investigate British Petroleum (BP) for foreign corrupt practices.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 30, 2010

Mr. Maffei (for himself, Mr. Lee of New York, and Mr. McMahon) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


RESOLUTION

Encouraging the United Kingdom to investigate British Petroleum (BP) for foreign corrupt practices.

Whereas Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people, including 189 United States citizens;

Whereas the Scottish courts released al-Megrahi from prison on August 20, 2009, under the understanding that he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer;

Whereas the Scottish authorities have never clarified why al-Megrahi could not receive humane treatment while still in captivity;

Whereas al-Megrahi seems to have well outlived his original diagnosis;

Whereas it is very troubling that al-Megrahi received a hero’s welcome to his home country of Libya;

Whereas British Petroleum (BP) admitted on July 15, 2010, that a delayed prisoner-transfer between Britain and Libya “could have a negative impact” on BP’s oil negotiations;

Whereas there are allegations that BP inappropriately attempted to affect the Scottish Government’s decision and possibly even the doctor’s diagnosis; and

Whereas al-Megrahi’s release sends an incredibly offensive message to the families that lost loved ones on Pan Am Flight 103: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives encourages the United Kingdom to investigate British Petroleum (BP) for foreign corrupt practices.