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Susan Cohen of Cape May Court House, N.J., whose 20-year-old daughter, Theodora, died in the attack, said Dr. Sikora’s comments were the latest insult to the victims’ loved ones.

“This is an added kick in the face and another example of them throwing rocks in the face of the families,” Ms. Cohen said Sunday. “This whole thing is about business interests, money and making profits,” she said, referring to allegations that oil giant BP pressured Scotland to free al-Megrahi so it could win access to Libyan oil reserves.

Mr. MacAskill has denied that BP had any role in the release of al-Megrahi. Former BP Chief Executive John Browne, who stepped down in 2007, said Saturday he held two meetings with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi but never discussed the release of prisoners.

BP has acknowledged that it lobbied the U.K. government as Britain and Libya were negotiating a prisoner transfer agreement — known as a PTA — in autumn 2007, but said it did not raise al-Megrahi’s case. Al-Megrahi was not released under the deal, as he was freed on compassionate grounds rather than transferred to serve out his sentence.

“The PTA happened after I left the company. I went to see Col. Gadhafi twice, and I think I moved things forward, but there was no discussion about the PTA and no agreement for exploration made at that time,” Mr. Browne said Saturday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Last week, four Democratic U.S. senators — Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer of New York and Bob Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey — sent a letter to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond asking that al-Megrahi’s full medical records be disclosed.

“We’ve never seen that medical evidence. We now know from the prison doctor that the cancer experts were not absolute in their view that al-Megrahi only had three months to live, so there is a lot of confusion here,” Annabel Goldie, a Conservative Party lawmaker in Scotland’s Parliament, said Sunday.

Mr. Duggan said Scottish authorities repeatedly have cited patients’ confidentiality as their reason for not disclosing the records.

Dr. Sikora told the Observer he remains certain al-Megrahi will die of cancer, “I suspect in the next few weeks. To tell the truth, I’ll be quite glad because we can move on.”

Associated Press writers Ben McConville in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, N.J., contributed to this report.