August 14, 2009
Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, has applied to abandon his second appeal against his conviction, his lawyers said on 14 August 2009.
South of Scotland SNP MSP Christine Grahame said:
“There are a number of vested interests who have been deeply opposed to this appeal continuing as they know it would go a considerable way towards exposing the truth behind Lockerbie.
“Some serious scrutiny will be required to determine exactly why Mr Megrahi is now dropping his appeal and examination of what pressure he has come under.
“In the next days, weeks and months new information will be placed in the public domain that will make it clear that Mr Megrahi had nothing to do with the bombing of Pan Am 103.”
According to The Herald, 19 February 2009, the “Prosecutors are trying to keep secret 48 pieces of evidence relating to the Lockerbie trial, including a secret fax that could discredit a key Crown witness.
“Lawyers for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 bombing, yesterday began a challenge over material they believe will free their terminally ill client.
“But the Crown Office and the UK Advocate General are fighting against disclosure.”
Tony Gauci was a key Lockerbie witness.
According to The Herald, on 20 February 2009, previously undisclosed documents show that Scottish police recommended to US authorities that both the main witness in the Lockerbie trial (Gauci) and his brother should be paid up to $3m.
In 1988, the FBI’s Robert Mueller (above) supervised the Lockerbie Bombing investigation.
“He successfully kept the CIA’s connection to the bombing from becoming public.
“The CIA and FBI took control of the crash scene for the first day (keeping Scottish police at bay), searching through and removing numerous pieces of evidence and luggage from the wreckage to obscure the connections of the bombing to the CIA special team that was on board the aircraft.
In the Lockerbie Bombing (PanAm 103) case, it appears that the CIA and its friends arranged to have a ‘timer’ stolen from the Swiss firm of MEBO.
It appears that the security services then pretended that this ‘timer’ was the one used in the Lockerbie Bombing.
The author of the letter writes:
“Probably the most crucial item of physical evidence, namely ”
Some of the comments on the Herald website are as follows:
“Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd. give the Crown, Lord Advocate General and the Appeal Court, the full warranty that the manipulated MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35B) does not come from a timer supplied to Libya and therefore cannot be brought in connection with Libya…
“ and could therefore not be made responsible. In the world media this objection is never mentioned.
“This tricky suppression of the whole statement by the world’s leading news agencies leads to the generally accepted but nevertheless totally wrong notion: If they paid, they did it.
“US President Bush signed on August 4, 2008 into law: S.3370, the ‘Libyan Claims Resolution Act.’ The bill that grants Libyan immunity law and full diplomatic and economic status.”
“Jeez Edwin & Mahnaz Bollier, you’ll find few in Scotland that don’t know that was just the fall guy (the main reason for the Yanks wanting him jailed was his expertise as ).”
Posted by: Peter Biddulph, Worcestershire, England
“Few folks will be aware of two important background features of the Lockerbie investigation and trial. Both are verified by historical and declassified documents and available for easy reference.
“The Maguires were released on appeal.
“This aspect was under-investigated by the Lockerbie trial defence, and ignored by the judges in the Lockerbie judgment.
“The man was not called to give evidence at the Lockerbie trial.
“In an on-camera interview, he admitted that his name was on the original list of witnesses, but he presumed that the US authorities had removed it.
“We shall have to wait and see whether these two aspects will fully emerge during a second appeal.
Two years after the Lockerbie bomb, investigators allegedly found a fragment of a timer device.
It has been alleged that the evidence concerning the timer fragment was fabricated by the CIA and its friends in order to implicate Libya in the bombing.
“Ulrich Lumpert, a Swiss electronic engineer and former employee at the Zurich-based MEBO Ltd Telecommunication, has admitted that he stole from the company a hand manufactured MST-13 Timer PC-Board that was later used as evidence against the defendant, Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi.
On 19 February 2006, The Mail on Sunday reported that new forensic tests have been carried out by the lawyers representing Al Megrahi, the Libyan jailed in connection with the Lockerbie bombing.
Defence experts simulated the Lockerbie explosion. The results showed that the device which detonated the bomb could not have survived the explosion.
According to The Mail on Sunday: “Sources close to Megrahi’s lawyers said the new tests pointed to the evidence having been planted at the scene of the crash…
“The source added that Megrahi’s legal team claimed they had obtained ‘clear proof’ that investigators had ‘planted and manipulated’ evidence…
“He said… if there is any justice in Scotland… certain Scottish police officers will be jailed for their part in the proceedings…
“Megrahi’s lawyers already have a sworn statement from a retired Scottish police officer confirming that evidence had been planted to secure the Libyan’s conviction.
“A similar claim was made by a former CIA agent…
“The ex-CIA man (claimed) that the fragment of circuit board had been planted under orders from a very high level in the organisation…
“The fragment was found by two policeman during a search of a wood near Newcastleton, 35 miles from Lockerbie.
“It was later identified by the CIA’s Thomas Thurman as being part of a sophisticated timer device made by the Swiss firm of Mebo.
“Thurman was later unmasked as a fraud who had given false evidence in American murder trials…”
, joint head of CID in Strathclyde police, was the chief investigating officer in the Lockerbie case. Sir John Orr got promoted to Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police (1995 to 2001). ()
is the former Scottish police chief who has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated. ‘The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.’ ()
played an important role in the Lockerbie trial. The United Nations observer at the Lockerbie trial, Dr Hans Kochler, reported that two state prosecutors from the US Department of Justice were in court, and, although not listed in any of the official documents about the Court’s officers, they were constantly briefing Scottish prosecutors. ( )
was the lord advocate (1989-92) who initiated the case against Megrahi. On 20 December 2006 Lord Fraser was detained by police after they were called to Dundee Airport following reports of a disturbance on board an aircraft. Lord Fraser was charged with disorderly conduct. It was announced on 2 February 2007 that the Crown Office had dropped these charges due to insufficient evidence that an offence had been committed.
, as Lord Advocate 1997-2000, was due to lead the prosecution team in the Lockerbie trial. Lord Hardie resigned just before the Lockerbie trial began. There were rumours that there was a lack of evidence to convict the Libyans.
was Lord Hardie’s successor as Lord Advocate. He became Lord Boyd of Duncansby.
, then regional procurator-fiscal for Edinburgh, headed the Crown Office trial team at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. He got promoted to Crown Agent, head of department for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
, QC, was one of the two senior counsel leading the Crown team in the Lockerbie trial. In 2006, he became Scotland’s youngest judge at the age of 47.
, QC, was senior prosecution counsel in the Lockerbie trial. In 2003, he was appointed a judge and became Lord Bracadale.
was the defence lawyer for Megrahi.
and appeal, has accused Mr Taylor and Mr Duff of betraying Megrahi by failing to represent him properly.
was solicitor to Fhimah who was acquitted.
was the key crown witness and owner of the Maltese shop where Megrahi was said to have bought the clothing reportedly placed around the bomb.
At the trial, Tony Gauci was uncertain about the date he sold the clothes in question, and was not sure that it was Megrahi to whom they were sold.
Gauci gave two earlier statements in which he identified convicted Egyptian terrorist Abu Talb as the person who bought clothing.
Gauci gave earlier statements saying he did not sell a shirt to the man but six months later remembered selling shirts and the man. Two of Gauci’s statements are missing.
A babygro said to have been wrapped around the bomb and shown to the court blown to pieces was recovered intact, according to a statement from the woman who found it.
Five years after the trial, Lord Fraser allegedly described Gauci as a “simple” man who might have been “easily led”. Lord Fraser was the lord advocate (1989-92) who initiated the case against Megrahi.
reportedly arranged for Gauci to go fishing, hillwalking and birdwatching in the Scottish Highlands. The Mail on Sunday newspaper said Gauci had been recorded on tape talking about five or six visits he had made to Scotland since 1988. Four members of Gauci’s family are also said to have received some form of police hospitality during the investigation. ()
who identified a fragment of a circuit board from a timing device which, he said, was from the Lockerbie bomb. Thurman was later removed from his FBI job after a US Department of Justice investigation concluded his FBI forensics lab had a record of fabricating evidence.
is head of the Swiss-based Mebo group which was supposed to have sold the timing device reportedly used in the Lockerbie bomb. Bollier claims that one of his employees supplied the Scottish police with a stolen timing device, which was then presented in the trial as having been found amidst the plane’s wreckage.
The other two judges were and
was head of the five-judge panel which presided over the appeal of Megrahi at Camp Zeist in 2002. The other four judges were: ----
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Friday, August 14, 2009
The Lockerbie bomb has links to:
3. The Dutroux and Franklin child abuse scandals
4. Major Charles McKee.
BBC News Lockerbie: Conspiracy theories):
According to a BBC report (
Reportedly Monzer al-Kassar was involved with Lt-Colonel Oliver North, of Iran-Contra fame.
According to the site ISGP:
"The CIA and its allies allowed the Contras to ship huge amounts of cocaine into the United States and sell it to mafia families in New York, Los Angeles, Texas, Miami, and a number of other places.
"The proceeds of these sales allowed the Contras to buy (third-rate) arms and other supplies from the United States...
"The Israelis played a major role in the whole Iran-Contra affair.
"They were used as an intermediary to sell the arms to Iran.
"They also supported the United States in training the Contras, and apparently also in shipping the drugs and assassinating those who tried to expose these schemes..."
Paul Vanden Boeynants (left) Child abuse, fascist networks and Bilderberg.
Certain people called Boas, Mathot, Vanden Boeynants and Beaurir reportedly had their names linked to the Dutroux child abuse scandal in Belgium, and to Iran-Contra.
According to a book on the Franklin Affair, "A former security guard for (Larry) King has sworn that he saw (Oliver) North attend at least one of King's parties, a party at which children were also present."
"Incredibly, not only have the Belgians that were involved in Iran Contra been accused of child abuse (Boas, Mathot, Vanden Boeynants and Beaurir), but North and his employer, vice president and later president George Bush, were uncomfortably close to the Franklin child abuse affair in the United States.
"Both were mentioned by witnesses as having attended the parties of alleged child abuser, Satanist, Contra supporter, money launderer and drug dealer Lawrence E. 'Larry' King."
TIME magazine, 27 April 1992, tells us more about Major Charles McKee (Pan Am 103 Why Did They Die? - TIME)
According to Time Magazine, Charles McKee's mother suspects that it was a government action that indirectly led to her only son's death.
Beulah McKee is quoted as saying: "For three years, I've had a feeling that if Chuck hadn't been on that plane, it wouldn't have been bombed... I've never been satisfied at all by what the people in Washington told me."
In Beirut, McKee was a military attaché assigned to the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).
An investigation by Time disclosed that: According to "an FBI field report from Germany", the bomb probably went onto the plane in Frankfurt, not in Malta.
The flight may have been targeted "because on board was an intelligence team led by Charles McKee."
Pan Am's lawyers hired Interfor, a New York firm run by Juval Aviv.
The central figure in the Interfor investigation is Syrian arms and drug trafficker, Monzer al-Kassar.
Kassar "was part of the covert network run by U.S. Lieut. Colonel Oliver North."
A CIA unit code-named COREA, based in Wiesbaden, Germany "was reported to be trafficking in drugs and arms..."
According to Aviv, "agents in COREA's Wiesbaden headquarters allowed al- Kassar to continue running his smuggling routes to American cities..."
It is assumed that Al-Kassar "wouldn't want anything to disrupt his profitable CIA-assisted drug and arms business."
Reportedly, Al-Kassar figured out that Pan Am Flight 103 was a target and "notified the COREA unit."
In Frankfurt, a polygraphist administered lie-detector tests to Pan Am baggage handlers Kilin Caslan Tuzcu and Roland O'Neill.
Pan Am believes that they were the only ones who were in a position to place the bomb-laden bag aboard Flight 103.
The polygraphist testified thatTuzcu "was not truthful when he said he did not switch the suitcases."
The polygraphist also told the grand jury, "It is my opinion that Roland O'Neill wasn't truthful when he stated he did not see the suitcase being switched, and when he stated that he did not know what was in the switched suitcase."
In 1987, Lester Coleman, an undercover Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) operative, was transferred from Lebanon to Cyprus, where he began work for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
In Nicosia, Coleman saw CIA (COREA) shipments of heroin "grow into a torrent".
The drugs couriers with their heroin arrived by ferry from the Lebanon.
The drugs couriers then received their travel orders from the DEA.
The couriers "were escorted to the Larnaca airport by the Cypriot national police and sent on their way to Frankfurt and other European transit points".
Coleman says the DEA paid him with unsigned Visa traveler's checks issued by B.C.C.I. in Luxembourg.
Coleman says that informant Ibrahim el-Jorr told him that that in Frankfurt airport suitcases containing heroin were put on flights to the U.S. by agents or other sources working in the baggage area.
Reportedly, Germany's BKA federal police was involved in the plot, as was the UK Customs and Excise service.
Coleman became a witness for Pan Am.
Informants had told Coleman that al-Kassar and the Syrian President's brother Rifaat Assad were taking over drug production in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, under protection of the Syrian army.
Coleman says he learned that the main European transfer point for their heroin shipments was the Frankfurt airport.
Charles McKee's team in Beirut got wind of Al-Kassar's CIA connection.
The team was outraged that the COREA unit in Wiesbaden was doing business with a Syrian who had terrorist connections.
A key member of the team was Matthew Gannon, 34, the CIA's deputy station chief in Beirut.
McKee and Gannon expressed their anger about al-Kassar to the CIA HQ in Langley in the USA, but they got no response.
Gannon's father-in-law Thomas Twetten was then chief of Middle East operations based in Langley. He was also Oliver North's CIA contact.
McKee, Gannon and three other members of the team decided to fly back to CIA HQ and expose the COREA unit's secret deal with al- Kassar.
They booked seats on Pan Am 103.
In his book, Lockerbie: The Tragedy of Flight 103, Scottish radio reporter David Johnston described how CIA agents helicoptered into Lockerbie shortly after the crash. They were looking for McKee's suitcase.
"Having found part of their quarry," Johnston wrote, "the CIA had no intention of following the exacting rules of evidence employed by the Scottish police. They took the suitcase and its contents into the chopper and flew with it to an unknown destination."
Several days later the empty suitcase was returned to the same spot, where Johnston reported that it was "found" by two British Transport Police officers, "who in their ignorance were quite happy to sign statements about the case's discovery."
M. Gene Wheaton, a retired U.S. military-intelligence officer, said: "A couple of my old black ops buddies in the Pentagon believe the Pan Am bombers were gunning for McKee's ... team."
Victor Marchetti, former executive assistant to the CIA's deputy director, and co-author of The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, said of the plot against PanAm 103: "The Mossad knew about it and didn't give proper warning."
Pan Am 103 Why Did They Die? - TIME