Thursday, 23 September 2010

'New clues' on Lockerbie

[This is the headline over an article that has just appeared on the website of the Tewkesbury Admag, which circulates in the Cotswold region of England. It reads as follows:]

The Cotswold father of a Lockerbie victim has just returned from Libya with the promise of new evidence from the man convicted of his daughter’s murder.

The retired GP is the father of Flora who died on Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 on the eve of her 24th birthday.

Dr Swire, who lives in Chipping Campden, was invited by Abdel Baset al-Magrahi via the Libyan ambassador in London, to visit him in Libya’s capital city Tripoli.

Dr Swire said al-Magrahi wanted to explain personally about abandoning his second appeal, and to tell the GP that if anything happened to him all the evidence from al-Magrahi’s own lawyers would be made available to him, Dr Swire said: “He is very ill but in better shape than I expected. When I go to see him I don’t feel that I am going to see my daughter’s murderer because I am satisfied he didn’t do it.

“We both have a common goal which is the re-examiniation of the evidence which led to the verdict which we believe was reached under political pressure.”

He added: “I am determined that my daughter’s murder should not be trussed up in a tissue of lies.”

Dr Swire explained that at the time of the trial 10 years ago there was so much conflicting evidence.

He said: “I was in the Netherlands throughout the trial with the object of seeing my daughter’s murderers brought to justice but the more I listened to the evidence the more I was convinced al-Magrahi didn’t do it.”

He believes that the American families of the victims were groomed to believe the verdict before it was reached.

His fears about the case were supported In 2007 when the Scottish Criminal Cases Review commission found six grounds for believing a miscarriage of justice may have taken place and granted al-Megrahi the right to a second appeal but he abandoned that when he was released last year on health grounds.

Dr Swire, aged 74, is hopeful that the campaign will be taken over by a younger man, the QC and professor of Scottish law, Robert Black from Edinburgh University.

Throughout the past 10 years Dr Swire has been interviewed by journalists from all over the world.

Last month a sell-out drama about the Lockerbie disaster and Dr Swire’s subsequent campaign was staged at the Edinburgh Festival and a film, and a possible debate in the House of Lords could be on the cards.


  1. ...with the promise of new evidence from the man convicted of his daughter’s murder.
    Intriguing. Hope that's not just a teaser to sell a book, and instead a real nugget to help the younger man carry on the campaign.


    Lockerbie-Affair: There is a Crime Scene in the FBI laboratory in Washington !

    Into the documentary film "Lockerbie revisited" by producer Gideon Levy, is shown one crucial *film-sequenz from the FBI laboratory with expert Tom Thurman which bring him definitive in a Criminal Offence ! (Video sequence no.*30-23)

    VERY CRUCIALLY ! sory only in german language:

    Thurman will anhand der ersten Beweisfoto mit der Abbildung des angeblich in Lockerbie aufgefundenen (braunen) original MST-13 Timer-Fragment (PT/35) beweisen, dass das Fragment mit den nach Libyen gelieferten MST-13 Timer identisch ist.
    Dazu zeigt er eine Foto worauf ein (*grünes) MST-13 Circuit Board gezeigt wird, welches in den nach Libyen gelieferten 20 Stück
    MST-13 eingebaut waren. (*Thüring PC-Boards).

    Diese Beweisfoto hätte Thurman besser nicht gezeigt, weil die Abbildung eindeutig zeigt, dass es sich um ein MST-13 Circuit-Board handelte, welches noch nicht mit elektronischen Bauelementen bestückt war und zeigt, dass auf der Platine die Ecke noch nicht als Kurve abgetrennt war !

    Wichtig: Es beweist endgültig, dass aus diesem (grünen) MST-13 Circuit Board das DUPLICAT MST-13 (PT/35B) Fragment hergestellt wurde !
    Der Lötstützpunkt "1" wurde bereits, vor der definitiven Manipulation als Fragment (PT/35B) dermassen beschädigt, dass man meinen könnte das PC-Board sei durch eine Explosion beschädigt worden !

    Nur mit einem "grünen" MST-13 Circuit-Board (Marke Thüring) konnte man Libyen in das PanAm-103 Attentat verwickeln !
    Das angeblich originale MST-13 Fragment wurde aus einem "braunen" Prototype hergestellt, welche nicht nach Libyen geliefert wurden !

    Notices the words in the Video from ex FBI Task Force chief Richard Marquise for those it applies: If someone manipulated evidence, if somebody didn't invesitgate something that should have been investigated, if somebody twisted it to fit up up Megrahi, or Fimah or Libya, then that person will go to jail. I mean that sincerely, that person should be prosecuted for that!
    OK please Mr Marquise it stands nothing in the way, acts you now…

    by Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd., Switzerland.

  3. "...a possible debate in the House of Lords could be on the cards..."

    Is there? Interesting! (Well, perhaps. A rational debate would need a bigger miracle than you'd find in Lourdes but - hey! - it's all publicity.)

    O/T - Clinton the 2nd has met with the Libyan foreign minister and U.S. journalists are shocked that Megrahi wasn't discussed. After his release the U.S. spokesman warned that "what happens [on his] return to Libya will have an influence on the...direction of our relationship". Now the same man claims that it wasn't challenged as "[they] had important interests to discuss with Libya". Yeah, I'm sure they're devastated that he was released.

  4. Bensix: Clinton the 2nd has met with the Libyan foreign minister and U.S. journalists are shocked that Megrahi wasn't discussed.
    Good point - it does tend to show the accurate strength of their interest in the Megrahi release, doesn't it? And yet the Senate whistleblowing session is due any day - where is the joined up thinking?
    Maybe she does not want to jeopardise the approximately 117 000 barrels of oil per day the U.S. are importing from Libya by being so churlish, and is happy for it to appear the UK are the only country that are benefiting from improved relations.

  5. Cheers, blogiston.

    (There's more here, if anyone's interested.)