Wednesday, 22 December 2010

'Bonkers' US claim on bomber

[This is the headline over the report in The Sun on the four US senators' report on the release of Abdelbaset Megrahi. It reads in part:]

A report by US senators into the freeing of the Lockerbie bomber was branded "bonkers" last night - after it claimed he may have been released to clear the way for an Arab takeover of the Sainsbury's supermarket chain.

The four politicians claim Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 58, was freed from prison in Scotland following a campaign of "commercial warfare" by Libya.

And they want Megrahi sent back to prison and a public apology from the British Government after branding his release "incredibly flawed".

But last night their report was branded "ridiculous and bizarre" by a member of the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee.

[SNP] MSP Stewart Maxwell said: "It is bonkers. It is an absolute work of ill-informed fiction.

"They started off making wild claims about BP lobbying for the release of Megrahi and end up making the most bizarre allegations about the Sainsbury's buyout.

"This report is a piece of politically motivated propaganda that lets down all those who worked long and hard to see justice done in the Lockerbie case." (...)

Their report accused the British and Scottish Governments of caving in to Libya's demands to protect multi-million pound oil deals and arms sales.

And it also alleges First Minister Alex Salmond agreed to the release after pressure from Qatar in order to smooth the way for the Sainsbury's takeover - incorrectly branding the chain a "Scottish food producer". The report, titled Justice Undone: The Release of the Lockerbie Bomber, claims: "The Qatar Investment Authority is attempting a complete takeover of the Scottish food producer Sainsbury's, worth £9.8billion. It shows that the Scottish Government had reasons to heed Qatar's calls for al-Megrahi's release." (...)

And it suggests the two Scottish doctors who ruled Megrahi had just months to live had been influence by Libyan medics.

But the report contains no new evidence to back up its claims.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said last night: "Senator Menendez's report contains no evidence to demonstrate a link between the pursuit of Britain's legitimate commercial interests in Libya and the Scottish Executive's decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds."

[The Scottish Government's official -- and scathing -- response to the senators' work of imaginative fiction can be read here.

Scottish media news reports on the topic can be found in The Herald, The Scotsman, The Press and Journal and The Courier.]


  1. MISSION LOCKERBIE: google translation, german/english

    The contents of the report's Jstice Undone signed by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Frank R. Lautenberg, Charles Schumer and Kirstene E. Gillibrand, is a policy of wishful thinking (political bubble) !
    The political profession defends its privileges ...

    Behind the surprising release of the innocent Mr. Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, did not stand an "Oil Deal" nor a ''Prisoner Transfer Agreement" with Libya, but the FEAR of Scotland's and Great Britain's of the truth, before the result and open secrets of the current Appeals (miscarriage of justice) and the following damages compensation from Libya up to 40 billion US$!

    The dropping of the successful promising "Lockerbie appeal" was the central part for the freedom of Mr. Abdelbaset Al Megrahi!

    For this legal mission the secretary of Scottish Judiciary, Kenny MacAskill, needed from Mr. Megrahi, the dropping of the successful promising "Lockerbie-Appeal" and a medical certificate for a maximum 3 months life span. The truth is: The "Lockerbie-Affair" (not the PanAm 103 tragedy) was a conspiracy under code (Amsterdam)against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi !
    Mr. Megrahi persisted on its innocence and will clear his name. He wants to start a limited criminal investigation over the manipulated circumstantial evidences in relation to the newest defence evidences. Mr. Megrahi cannot be undoubtedly the Lockerbie Bomber !

    Some of the Scottish Officials are the true criminals in the "Lockerbie Affair": ex-forensic scientist Dr. Thomas Hayes (RARDE) UK, ex-forensic expert Allen Feraday (RARDE) UK and three known persons of the Scottish police are responsible for manipulating evidence in the Lockerbie Affair and are still protected by the Scottish Justice! (They are not involved in the PanAm 103 bombing, but responsible for the conspiracy against Libya).

    The large chance for Mr. Megrahi is coming to be cleared up with a complete investigation in the Lockerbie-Conspiracy against Libya. The honour of Mr. Megrahi and the prestige of Libya must be finally repaired. Libya and its Official Mr. Megrahi have nothing to do with the Lockerbie tragedy!
    The Scottish "Lockerbie-Trial" in Kamp van Zeist, was far from fair and proper.
    The full U.S. report "Justice Undone," is published on URL:

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

  2. Sainsburys' BOGOF acronym actually stands for, Bomb One Get Off Free according to the Senate report.

  3. Having now read the report - the subtext is really, ageing imperialist nation on the verge of bankruptcy accuses small friendly nation of corrupt practices and attempts to override its internal judicial process.
    Meanwhile, it is impotent to curtail a real and growing threat from emerging east Asian countries with global ambitions who ARE making corrupt deals, refusing to acknowledge human rights, ignoring undemocratic regimes, disregarding environmental issues, on EVERY continent.
    American foreign policy (which is governed solely by its own domestic expediency including global commercial interests) does not project overseas to become local domestic policy, anymore - but they ain't assimilating the new data yet, are they?
    We should just ignore them now, and move on, because they would hate that - but internal cat-fighting locally will stop that happening, of course.