Sir Gus O'DonnellCabinet SecretaryCabinet Office70 WhitehallLondonSW1A 2AS18/08/09Sent by letter and fax 02072760208Dear Cabinet Secretary,
Regarding Lord Mandelson's recent meeting with Saif al-IslamGaddafi in Corfu
We are writing regarding the recent allegations surrounding Lord Mandelson and hismeeting with Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi at a Corfu villa only a weekbefore the announcement that the perpetrator of the Lockerbie bombing (Abdelbaser Alial-Megrahi) was to be released from prison in the United Kingdom.It was admitted in the Financial Times on 16th August by Lord Mandelson's spokesmanthat the stays by thetwo men overlapped by only one night.Yet the pair did talk aboutAbdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi,
“There was a fleeting conversation about the prisoner; Peter was completely unsighted on the subject,” he said.
It was only one week later that news emerged that Mr Megrahi could get an early releaseon compassionate grounds because he is suffering from terminal cancer.LordMandelson said through his spokesman that he had had no involvement in the decisionand only learnt of it through the BBC. Mr Megrahi’s possible release was a decisionentirely for the Scottish government rather than London.From looking at the Ministerial Code of Conduct there appears to be a conflict of interestthat has been breached.This refers to section 7.1 of the ministerial code,
''Ministers must ensure that no conflict arise, or could reasonably be perceived to arisebetween their public duties and their private interests, financial or otherwise.''
As Lord Mandelson's government portfolio covers the area of Business, Enterprise and
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