Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Secretary responsible for the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 of Lockerbie, Scotland, has a brother who is an energy industry executive who has been involved in pitching for oil business in Libya.
According the Wall Street Journal, Allan MacAskill has worked for several companies that sought oil business in Libya. He is currently the business development director at SeaEnergy Renewals, a firm that develops offshore wind farms.
Allan MacAskill is quoted stating, “[Kenny MacAskill’s] my brother and he is a minister of the Scottish government, anything to do with Megrahi is nothing to do with me.”
A spokesman, for the Scottish government desribed any attempt to link Kenny MacAskill’s brother to the Lockerbie decision as “ridiculous”. Conservatives, however, are enraged that this information was not disclosed prior to the decision.
Kenny MacAskill’s Scottish National Party’s leader, Alex Salmon, recently opened new offices for SeaEnergy in Aberdeen, Scotland. Allan MacAskill’s recent projects at SeaEnergy included a wind farm for his former company, Talisman Energy, an oil company that has sought contracts in Libya.