Mandelson spoke to Gaddafis son

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  1. Mandelson spoke to Gaddafi's son

    Lord Mandelson's summer holiday is in the spotlight again
    Lord Mandelson met Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son a week before reports the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing could be freed.
    The Labour peer spoke briefly about the case with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi while on holiday in Corfu, it has emerged.
    But Lord Mandelson's spokesman said subsequent reports of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's possible release from jail were "entirely coincidental".
    Megrahi, who is terminally ill, may be freed on compassionate grounds.
    Lord Mandelson - whose Corfu holiday meeting with shadow chancellor George Osborne dominated the headlines this time last year - was once again staying as a guest of the Rothschild family on the Greek island.

    His stay coincided with that of Saif Gaddafi, who is seen as the Libyan leader's most likely successor, by a single night but this was long enough for the two men to discuss the Megrahi case.

    "There was a fleeting conversation about the prisoner. Peter was completely unsighted on the subject," said Lord Mandelson's spokesman.

    Al-Megrahi’s release ‘would free BP’ to join the rush for Libya’s oil

    The release of the Lockerbie bomber from prison would liberate Britain’s largest industrial company from a string of problems hampering its $900 million (£546 million) Libyan gas projects, industry sources claimed last night.

    BP, the oil giant, signed a deal with Libya in 2007 to explore for gas in the west of the country and offshore. But since then it has faced a string of bureaucratic obstacles, including delays securing official permits and approvals to import equipment through Libyan customs, the sources said.