British Prime Minister David Cameron Speaks to ABC's Diane Sawyer

DAVID CAMERON: But that's for this court process to determine. I mean, I think -- you might have your ideas. I might have my ideas. But I think in the end, that's why there is a court process now to sort this issue out. And I think that can be sorted out. And I think that's where President Obama and I will -- will agree. That's the right way to go about this. And it's good that the process is now set up.

DIANE SAWYER: Lockerbie.


DIANE SAWYER: And Abdel al-Megrahi, who was released about a year ago on compassionate, humanitarian reasons back to Libya. He was convicted in the Pan-Am bombing. What, more than 270 people died in that. As you know, a group of senators have now said because we now know that BP has acknowledged approaching the British government about its concern about Libya and getting its lease ratified and underway, they have asked for three things. They have asked that you reopen an investigation into what really happened. Will you do that?

DAVID CAMERON: Well, what I -- what I'll -- first of all, I agree with the senators and with huge numbers of people, not just in America, but also in Britain, that releasing Megrahi was wrong. I said it was wrong a year ago, when I was leader of the opposition. I say it again now.

He was convicted of the biggest mass murder in British history. In my view, that man should have died in jail, full stop, end of. Nothing to add to that. You know, you don't release people who have done a crime -- who've been convicted of a crime that serious. That's the first thing I'd say. The second thing is, we should be clear about who was responsible for the decision to release him. It was a decision taken by the Scottish government. It's a decision they believe they followed all the correct processes, under their law. And they took that decision and they have to be the ones held accountable and responsible for it. It was their decision. And I think everyone understood that at the time.

In terms of, is there more we should do to make sure that all the information about this decision is made public? Yes, and today, I'm asking the cabinet secretary in the U.K. to go back over all the paperwork and see if there's anything else that should be released and is the clearest possible picture out there of -- of what decision was taken and why.

But I would just say this in terms of an inquiry. I don't currently think that a sort of, another full inquiry by the British government is currently the right way, currently necessary, because I don't need an inquiry to tell me what I think I already know, which is it was a bad decision to release him. And it was a bad decision to even contemplate this. So -- so I think we should try and separate that, frankly, from the issue of -- of BP and the oil spill and the need to clear that up and get all that sorted out, which I desperately want to happen as well.

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