Hayward: I’m ‘too busy’ to testify to the Senate about the Lockerbie bomber’s release.

On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be holding a hearing on the release of Lockerbie airliner bomb Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and the role that BP may have played. Today, however, ousted BP CEO Tony Hayward told reporters that he wouldn’t be attending the hearing because he’s “too busy”:

Speaking to journalists at the company’s London headquarters, Hayward claimed that he had been unfairly “demonised and vilified” in the US where Barack Obama and other politicians have been severely critical of BP’s actions and taken exception to some of Hayward’s public comments. […]

But Hayward said today he could not go [to the hearing] because “I have got a busy week [in the office]”. BP said it would send another representative to testify at the hearing.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was infuriated by Hayward’s reply, stating, “It is apparently more important to BP and Mr Hayward to focus on his multimillion dollar golden parachute than to help answer serious questions about whether the company advocated trading blood for oil.” Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and former British justice secretary Jack Straw have also declined to show up.