Thursday, 16 September 2010

US team to discuss Megrahi release

[This is the headline over a report just issued by The Press Association news agency. It reads in part:]

US senators' interest in the Lockerbie bomber's release has "waxed and waned", a spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond said ahead of a meeting on the issue.

Justice officials from the Scottish Government will hold talks in Edinburgh with representatives of a US Senate committee investigating the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi last year. (...)

The US politicians want to investigate concerns that the bomber's release was linked to an oil deal - a suggestion strongly denied by all parties involved.

A spokesman for Mr Salmond said: "It was the First Minister who revealed to the world that the UK Government and the Libyan Government were planning or negotiating a prisoner transfer agreement clearly with the specific purpose of Al Megrahi being transferred to Libya. We've looked at all the records and asked the senators for them to furnish us with any public comment they issued at that time - there was no public comment.

"Senator Menendez and his colleagues' interest in the matter certainly seems to have waxed and waned. It seemed to be non-existent at the time when it was revealed to the world there was this 'deal in the desert'."

The UK Government has rejected requests to meet with US officials. One is a staff member of committee chairman Sen Menendez and another is an official of the committee.

[The following is an excerpt from a report on the website of Scottish lawyers' magazine The Firm:]

Neither MacAskill or Salmond are scheduled to meet with the team, representing Senator Robert Menendez. However it has not been revealed which "justice officials" they will meet with, or what role those officials may have played in the release of Megrahi or the aborted appeal process.

US Senators Robert Menendez, Kirstin Gillibrand, Frank Lautenberg and Charles Schumer have so far failed to respond to an invitation to back an international petition calling for a full review of the entire circumstances of the Pan Am 103 event and its judicial aftermath.

[A similar report on the BBC News website can be read here and Newsnet Sotland's treatment can be read here.]

1 comment:

    computer "Babylon" translation german/english >>>

    Passenger Basuta, who got drunk at the Heathrow airport missed his plane. He say to the gate personal, he have checked in 1 Bag, but later the police found out that Basuta checked-in 2 Bags.
    See Production 201, the first page left column number 9, passenger Basuta J. M "2", seat 42K.
    That was the reason why 1 Bag too much was loaded on PA-103.

    The Lordships heard evidence from witness no.799 Kasteleiner.
    that of the 111 bags shown in that document, Production 1060, 25 were inter-line bags and a balance of 86 were checked-in bags at Frankfurt Airport.

    The number of 25 inter-line luggage items is wrong as can be proved ! From the alleged 25 inter-line luggage items were 12 of it on-line Bag's all from PanAm flights TXL Berlin.
    Importantly: the Bag Tray No. *B-8849 was an on-line bag from Panam Flight PA-643 and was checked out in London Heathrow !

    (* was not a "Bomb-Bag", transfered from AirMalta KM-180 into
    PA-103/B). The bag was checked out in London Heathrow from passenger no.131 W. Wagenführ).

    In which kind could the "Bomb Bag" transferred on the Main flight PanAm 103 in the airport Heathrow (LHR) ?
    We take the completions of the well-known drug transportation as example, which on PanAm flights from Heathrow to the USA, worked in each case:
    sorry only in German language:

    Auf welche Art konnte ein "Bomb-Bag" im Airport Heathrow (LHR)auf den "Main flight" PanAm 103 eingeschleust werden ?

    Nehmen wir als Beispiel die Abwicklungen der publizierten Drogen-Transporte, welche sich jeweils auf PanAm Flügen von Heathrow nach USA bewährt haben:

    Ein "Drug-Bag", meistens Marke "Samsonite", wurde mit der Fähre von einem Agenten vom Libanon nach Zypern gebracht. Dort wurde mit Hilfe von offiziellen Personen veranlasst, dass der Agent mit seinem begleiteten "Drug-Bag" ohne weitere Kontrolle in das jeweilige Flugzeug eingecheckt wurde um nach London-Heathrow zureisen.
    In Heathrow wurde durch einen Offiziellen die Aktion so gesteuert, dass das "Drug Bag" in einen der letzten zuladenden Container zu liegen kam. Sobald der Container jeweils in der Nähe der Ladelucke seinen Platz eingenommen hatte, wurde von einem Offiziellen das "Drug Bag" aus dem Container entfernt und zwischen der Aussenwand und des Container platziert. (Platz-Distanz 27 cm).
    Diese Abwicklung hatte sich bewährt, weil man bei Ankunft des Flugzeuges in den USA, sofort wusste wo das "Drogen-Bag" zufinden war.

    Mit dieser Abwicklungsart war es durchaus möglich ein "Bomb-Bag" anstelle eines "Drug-Bag" auf PanAm 103 einzuschleusen, die Expertiesen-Ansicht des "Frauninstitut" in Germany wäre somit zutreffend gewesen...

    Edwin Bollier, MEBO Ltd., Switzerland.