[This is the heading over a press release intimating the publication of a new book by Paul Harris. The release reads as follows:]
A book, written by former journalist and intelligence analyst Paul Harris, produces new evidence that the Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was wrongly convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. This information comes as the Scottish Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill is poised to intervene in the case.
The author of More Thrills than Skills: Adventures in Journalism, War & Terrorism says that the evidence of the key witness in the 2001 Camp Zeist trial must be regarded as “deeply suspect”. Swiss businessman Edwin Bollier testified that a piece of electronic circuit board found later at the crash site near Lockerbie was made by his company and supplied to the Libyans. Harris reveals that he investigated Bollier for MI6, the British intelligence agency, in the early 1970s, long before the Lockerbie bombing.
Harris regards the circuit board evidence as unreliable. Far more convincing, he says, is other evidence found at the crash site indicating that a Toshiba cassette recorder, planted by the Damascus-based terror group PFLP-GC, was responsible for the explosion aboard Pan Am 103.
Harris’s personal experiences in relation to the case are recounted in More Thrills than Skills, pages 39-47 (published by Kennedy & Boyd, Glasgow/amazon.co.uk).
Bio note: Paul Harris worked as Specialist Contributor Terrorism & Counter Insurgency for Janes Intelligence Review 1993-2003. He was also a contributing foreign correspondent for Sky News, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, and Colombo correspondent for The Daily Telegraph (2001-2).
The book launch takes place at 10 London Street, Edinburgh, on July 22 at 1830 hours ...
[A short press release cannot be expected to descend into minutiae; but the sentence about Ed Bollier's evidence is hardly an accurate reflection of his testimony at Zeist.]