Great selection of info here....
‘The prosecution case was that al-Megrahi took the bomb, wrapped in clothes bought from a shop in Malta, to the island's Luqa airport, where it was
checked in and then transferred onto Pan Am flight 103.
A key witness against al-Megrahi was the Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, who owned Mary's House, where the police say the garments were bought. He
identified al-Megrahi as having been in his shop some weeks before the bombing. ‘
From the report of UN observer, Dr Hans Kochler, after Megrahi's trial:
It was a consistent pattern during the whole trial that - as an apparent result of political interests and considerations - efforts were undertaken to
withhold substantial information from the Court. The Opinion of the Court is exclusively based on circumstantial evidence and on a series of highly
problematic inferences. As to the undersigned's knowledge, there is not one single piece of material evidence linking the two accused to the crime.
On the basis of the above observations and evaluation, the undersigned has - to his great dismay - reached the conclusion that the trial, seen in its
entirety, was not fair and was not conducted in an objective manner. Indeed, there are many more questions and doubts at the end of the trial than
there were at its beginning. Full text available at web.archive.org...
Lockerbie and the conspiracy theories
Long standing theories about who was behind the bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie in 1988 have now been joined by a batch of new claims about the
reasons behind the moves to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi: he dropped his second appeal to pave the way for return home. Photo: EPA
By John Bingham 3:10PM BST 20 Aug 2009
The Iranian connection:
Iran was initially the prime suspect and had the most obvious motive for bombing a US airliner in December 1988. Five months earlier an Iranian
civilian aircraft was shot down by the US warship the USS Vincennes and Ayatollah Khomeini called for revenge.
The theory is that Iran paid the Syrian-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC) to carry out the attack on its
behalf. Ahmad Behbahani, a former Iranian intelligence official, later claimed that he personally conveyed the message to the PFLP-GC.
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But the group has denied any involvement and one of the main named suspects, Mohammed Abu Talb, gave evidence at Megrahi's trial offering an alibi.
Abu Nidal and the Libyans:
The Palestinian terrorist, who died in Baghdad in 2002, is said to have to have boasted to aides in his Fatah Revolutionary Council that he was behind
the Pan Am attack. Nidal lived in Libya in the late 1980s not long after the US air strikes on Tripoli, a possible motive.
Following his death Atef Abu Bakr, a former member of Nidal's circle, told a newspaper that Nidal had been adamant he was behind the bombing but
sworn his aides to secrecy.
But he could not provide evidence to substantiate Nidal's claim or say who Nidal had been working for.
Colonel Gaddafi is among those who have voiced the theory that the Apartheid government of South Africa may have been complicit.
A handful of senior South African officials including the then Foreign Minister Pik Botha cancelled bookings for the flight at short notice fuelling
speculation that they had been tipped off about the bomb.
The suggestion was that there was a plot to assassinate Bernt Carlsson, the designated UN Commissioner for the newly independent Namibia, who died on
Mr Botha confirmed that he had indeed been booked onto the flight and cancelled but described the theory as "absurd and far-fetched" pointing out
that security agents did not know which flight he was on.
The CIA and drugs running:
Another recurring theory centres on claims that the CIA or rogue elements within it had cleared a drugs smuggling route from Europe to America
involving Pan Am flights in return for intelligence about militant groups.
The theory goes that two US intelligence officials, Matthew Gannon and Maj Charles McKee, had uncovered the practice and were flying back unannounced
to America to raise their concerns but were killed on the way.
But Maj McKee's mother is convinced, based on her own last conversation with him, that his superiors did not know he was flying home.
The Government and Libya:
There have been claims that the decision to release Megrahi is part of a "blood money" deal between the British establishment and Libya, bringing
the former pariah state in from the cold in return for furthering UK oil interests.
Tony Blair first announced a "new relationship" with Libya in 2004, the Duke of York has since made four visits to the country, meeting Gaddafi and
his son Seif.
Although Gordon Brown, who met Gaddafi earlier this year, has described the Lockerbie issue as a matter for the Scottish government, it was also
allegedly raised when Lord Mandelson met Seif last month in Corfu.
But Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Minister, insisted that the decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds was his alone.