posted on May, 6 2014 @ 08:04 PM
It's hardly news to "uncover" something that was basically the official position from an early point in the investigation. They were even named at
one point - Ahmed Jibril
, Hafez Kassem Dalkamoni
, a Jordanian terrorist called Marwan Khreesat
, PFLP-GC member Ramzi Diab
and a Palestinian terrorist called Abu Talb
Libya never entered the equation as a suspect until 1990. What else happened in 1990? Funnily enough, the West had started to move against Saddam
Hussein in Iraq. This required significant negotiations with Syria and Iran to encourage them to support, or at least not react to, the war. All of a
sudden, the previous accusations against them disappear and Libya is suddenly singled out as the new suspect.
The following report was written shorlly after the trial and remains, to my mind, one of the best sources of information on the events around the
NB: link is directly to a PDF, "Lockerbie: The Flight from Justice" by Paul Foot.
A few choice quotes:
Who carried out this complicated plot? David Leppard’s “security sources” knew the answer to that as well. “Iran
paid the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, a hard-line Palestinian terrorist group, up to 10 million dollars in
advance to carry out a revenge attack for the shooting down of an Iranian airbus by an American warship in the Gulf in July 1988.”
In the weeks before the bombing, a Palestinian terrorist gang acting under the orders of the PFLP-GC were engaged
in making bombs and fitting them to Toshiba recorders with the intention of planting them on an American aircraft. Indeed, the German police, in an
operation they called “Autumn Leaves”, had actually arrested members of the PFLP-GC gang.
One final fling at the PFLP-GC and their connections before the bombing with Malta was made on Granada Television in November in the run-up to the
second anniversary of the disaster. The programme focused on a bakery in Malta and a Palestinian cell based there. The programme made the same
connection as the Sunday Times had done a year earlier – between the fact that the clothes in the bomb suitcase were bought in Malta and the less
certain fact that an unaccompanied bag from Malta was loaded onto a Pan Am feeder flight from Frankfurt to London and thence to Pan Am 103. To
illustrate this hypothesis, the programme showed a sinister-looking Arab checking in a bag at Malta airport and then sliding surreptitiously away
while the plane took off.
This was too much for Air Malta, who sued Granada for libel. Norton Rose, the London commercial solicitors, compiled a huge dossier detailing almost
everything about the flight from Malta to Frankfurt on the day of the Lockerbie bombing and proving that all 55 bags checked in on the flight could be
ascribed to passengers, none of whom travelled on to London. The evidence was so powerful that Granada settled the action before it got to court. They
paid Air Malta £15,000 damages and all the costs of the case.
And my favourite quote of all?
The judges conceded that the difference between Gauci’s original description of the man as six feet tall
and 50 years of age and Megrahi’s actual height and age (five feet eight inches, 37 years of age) was “a substantial
discrepancy” (68). But Gauci’s identification was, they concluded, “entirely reliable”.
In what must have been a novel interpretation of Scottish law, they went further. “There are situations,” they said, “where a careful witness
who will not commit himself beyond saying that there is a close resemblance can be regarded as more reliable and convincing in his identification
than a witness who maintains that his identification is 100 per cent certain”