It was a mistake to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, Britain's ambassador to the United States said Friday.
The British government believes it was wrong to let al Megrahi out of prison and return home to Libya in August 2009, Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald said in a statement. The government at the time also felt the same way, he said.
The decision to release al Megrahi, however, was up to the devolved Scottish executive and the British government therefore had no power to stop it, Sheinwald said.
The ambassador's statement came a day after the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced it will hold a hearing July 29 to examine al Megrahi's release.