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  • Monday, August 29, 2005

    Key evidence in Lockerbie trial was fabricated

    It seems, according to this article, from the Scotsman, that a key piece of evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial, which found a Libyan to be guilty for the murder of 270 people, was fabricated. A former highly ranked police officer has stated that the CIA was involved in planting evidence to implicate Libya in the bombing:

    The police chief, whose identity has not yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison. The evidence will form a crucial part of Megrahi's attempt to have a retrial ordered by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC). The claims pose a potentially devastating threat to the reputation of the entire Scottish legal system.
    This raises some very interesting questions. 1 - Exactly how far are US authorities prepared to go in order to initiate a frame up? 2 - Why have the Scottish police been willing to cover this up for so long? 3 - Who in the British establishment knew about this frame up? 4 - If British police forces have been compliant in such a criminal act as Lockerbie, then what other acts have they been compliant in? See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


    At 8/29/2005 12:30:00 pm, Blogger Chromatius said...

    The facts of this case have been long available - the bomb's embarkation was expedited as a 'controlled delivery' out of Lebanon as part of a drug enforcement operation controlled from Cyprus.

    Can't remeber much detail -- but the UK Sunday Times published it all years ago.

    The CIA were onsite within an hour or so, searched the area and removed evidence (in particular a suitcase). They also interfered with the tagging of bodies, to cover the timeline of their activites. The local coroner complained about this.

    And of course, nothing to do with Libya.

    At 8/29/2005 12:59:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Indeed Chromatius, I have tried to find the Sunday Times article, but haven't found it yet. his is a placeholder, as I'm going to add some more information to this post:


    There is, in my opinion (not necessarily shared by the families), an explanation for all this, an explanation so shocking that no one in high places can contemplate it. It is that the Lockerbie bombing was carried out not by Libyans at all but by terrorists based in Syria and hired by Iran to avenge the shooting down in the summer of 1988 of an Iranian civil airliner by a US warship. This was the line followed by both British and US police and intelligence investigators after Lockerbie. Through favoured newspapers like the Sunday Times, the investigators named the suspects - some of whom had been found with home-made bombs similar to the one used at Lockerbie.

    This line of inquiry persisted until April 1989, when a phone call from President Bush senior to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warned her not to proceed with it. A year later, British and US armed forces prepared for an attack on Saddam Hussein's occupying forces in Kuwait. Their coalition desperately needed troops from an Arab country. These were supplied by Syria, which promptly dropped out of the frame of Lockerbie suspects. Libya, not Syria or Iran, mysteriously became the suspect country, and in 1991 the US drew up an indictment against two Libyan suspects. The indictment was based on the "evidence" of a Libyan "defector", handsomely paid by the CIA. His story was such a fantastic farrago of lies and fantasies that it was thrown out by the Scottish judges.

    In Britain, meanwhile, Thatcher, John Major and Blair obstinately turned down the bereaved families' requests for a full public inquiry into the worst mass murder in British history.


    MEBO's study of the explosion suggests that it took place in a radically different site than was previously supposed, within the skin of the aircraft rather than concealed in the aluminium luggage container. The MEBO statement claims, “Very recently received highly sensitive photographs and technical information fully confirmed the several year-long MEBO inquiry and analysis ... that the alleged explosion originated from an impact directly on the skin of the Pan Am 103 fuselage, and not from within the luggage container AVE 4041 PA.”

    The company's web site has also posted a picture [http://www.mebocom-defilee.ch/pictures2.html] showing where they believe the explosive was placed. The MEBO report concludes by calling for a new investigation into its allegations, and is offering a reward of up to $10,000,000 “for any evidence-information about the Lockerbie air-disaster”. Should its findings be verified, the report continues, the charges against Abdelbaset Ali Muhammad Al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, accused of killing 259 passengers and crew, as well as 11 residents of the Scottish village, should be dropped and efforts made to find out who would have been in a position to plant the bomb within the Boeing's structure immediately prior to its final flight.

    MEBO point out that the US frequently cite "national security" when refusing to release information relating to Lockerbie. This sensitivity is in contrast to the US reaction to the downed TWA 747 that crashed off the coast of New York in 1996, also in mysterious circumstances, the company claims.

    Carpenter said that journalists had arrived at the scene within 90 minutes and that FBI officers were present by the next day. Another police officer, Alexander Maclean, agreed that FBI and CIA agents had been quickly present, and had been actively gathering material from the wreckage, which had all been meticulously logged. But another policeman, Gordon Roxburgh, raised that there were concerns that the material removed had not been properly logged. Retired policeman Gordon Comerford also noted that there had been "concern about sensitive material and its recovery'' as several intelligence officials had been aboard the aircraft.

    The defence raised queries about the inaccurate logging of items such as pieces of the suitcase alleged to have contained the bomb. Police officer Duncan McInnes admitted that, overwhelmed by the scale of the task, police labelling had been erratic, clear mistakes had been made and that in some instances it had been impossible to accurately track the location, date or identity of the finder of particular items. One important piece of evidence, a singed instruction manual for the Toshiba cassette player that had allegedly contained the bomb, was found in a field 70 miles from Lockerbie. Gwendoline Horton, who found it, could not subsequently identify the evidence presented to her as the manual she had retrieved. Robert Ingram, a civilian search and rescue worker, told the court that police visited him months after the crash to encourage him to sign a form agreeing he had found items that he could not remember finding.


    According to an affidavit by Mr. Coleman given to Pan Am lawyers in Brussels on April 17 this year [1991], the DEA, with the narcotics squad of the Cypriot national police, the German BKA police and British customs, ran a "drugs sting operation" through Cyprus and airports in Europe including Frankfurt. It involved delivering heroin from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to the United States, particularly to Detroit, Houston and Los Angeles, where there are large Lebanese communities.

    The explanation for this operation, which was officially codenamed Khourah, was provided by Ronald Caffrey, acting assistant administrator of the operational division of the DEA, in a US government submission dated March 20 this year [1991]. He said the drugs operation was "a controlled delivery".

    His statement said: "In a controlled delivery, a law enforcement agency permits and monitors shipment of contraband, including drugs, to move from a source or transit location to its intended destination. Use of this technique is sometimes essential to enable law enforcement agencies to identify and arrest high-ranking members of trafficking organizations, rather than simply arrest low level couriers."

    Mr. Coleman, with his knowledge of this type of operation, believes that flight 103 was being used by the DEA as a "controlled" flight in which Khaled Jaafar, a DEA courier, was allowed to carry his luggage through Frankfurt without being subject to normal security checks. He knew Jaafar was one of many agents involved in drug operations.

    In a telephone conversation last October with a BKA officer in charge of investigations at Frankfurt Rhein-Main airport, Mr. Coleman said he was told that BKA had "serious concerns" that a US drugs sting operation out of Cyprus had been used by terrorists to place the bomb on flight 103, by switching bags.


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