Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Many still question Megrahi conviction in bombing of Pan Am 103

[This is the headline over an article in the current issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs by the magazine's publisher, Ambassador Andrew I Killgore. It reads as follows:]

Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted on Jan 31, 2001 of destroying Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec 21, 1988, killing the plane's 259 passengers, including 179 Americans, and 11 people on the ground. Megrahi was tried under Scottish law by Scottish judges in a special court sitting at Camp Zeist, a former American military base in The Netherlands.

As readers of the Washington Report are aware, the American media coverage of the Lockerbie trial was very thin, despite the heavy loss of American lives. There seems to be a determined silence about even the existence of an organization called "Justice for Megrahi," whose members include (full disclosure) this writer and several distinguished Britons, including Dr Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the crash, and Dr. Robert Black, former professor of criminal law at Edinburgh University and creator of the idea of trying Megrahi and his co-defendant, Lamen Fhimah, in The Netherlands under Scottish law.

The revolution in Libya, and particularly the defection to Britain of former Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, has stirred some peripheral interest in Lockerbie. Before he became foreign minister, Koussa was head of Libyan intelligence, and close to Muammar al-Qaddafi. He would know what was in Qaddafi's mind when he agreed to turn over Megrahi and Fhimah for trial. Was it because the Libyan leader thought the two men were guilty, or because he knew he was obliged to do so to gain sufficient Western approval for the development of his country, including increased oil production?

The April 9 Washington Post ran an article saying that Scottish officials had "met" with Koussa, who they think may have crucial information about Lockerbie. According to the article, "Prosecutors said that they would offer no additional details of their conversations with Koussa." Just what did Koussa tell them, and why is no more information about the meeting forthcoming?

So far as this writer has seen, no American newspaper has mentioned that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ruled that Megrahi may have suffered a miscarriage of justice—a finding that presumably remains valid despite Megrahi's release from prison on compassionate grounds. Yet, the Washington Post article writes that "the case remains open despite Megrahi's conviction."

The heavy lethargy of the American media on Lockerbie includes no word that many outstanding Britons who lost relatives or friends in the Lockerbie crash do not believe that Megrahi is guilty. If members of "Justice for Megrahi," who obviously think he is not guilty, could possibly arrange a discussion with Moussa, it could clear up a lot of questions. Depending on Koussa's answers, it could reopen the question of who really bombed Pan Am 103.

[Yesterday, for the first time in its history, this blog had more visitors from the United States than from the United Kingdom. The most-read item was MSPs call for independent inquiry into Lockerbie.]


  1. If members of "Justice for Megrahi," who obviously think he is not guilty, could possibly arrange a discussion with Moussa, it could clear up a lot of questions. Depending on Koussa's answers, it could reopen the question of who really bombed Pan Am 103.

    A meeting between "Justice for Megrahi" and Moussa Koussa could perhaps be arranged to coincide with the consideration of petition PE1370 by the Justice Committee when the Scottish Parliament returns from its Summer recess on 4 September 2011.

    Christine Grahame MSP might even invite Moussa Koussa to appear before the Justice Committee and ask him to repeat publicly what he told Scottish police and prosecutors in private three months ago.

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  3. MISSION LOCKERBIE, 2011, doc. nr.3013.rtf.

    Wird ISRAEL, zusammen mit Frankreich, dem Libyschem Volk zum Frieden und zu einer demokratisch gewählten Regierung verhelfen ?

    Seif El Islam, Sohn des Leader Gadhafi's, lässt in der Not für das Libysche Volk seine früheren guten Beziehungen mit Freunden, wie z.B. Baron Rothschild, Baron Peter Mandelson und andere wichtige Persönlichkeiten spielen.

    Bereits wurde eine Libysche Delegation letzte Woche nach einem Besuch in Frankreich, von opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) zu Erfolgs versprechenden Gesprächen, in ISRAEL empfangen.

    Schon in den Jahren 2006 and 2007 wurden durch Inspiration von Seif El Islam
    zwischen LIBYA und ISRAEL zukünftige Kontakte aufgebaut um ehemals, aus Libyen vertriebenen Juden, welche von ISRAEL aufgenommen wurden, ihre beschlagnhmten Werte zu compensieren und eine Rückreise nach Libyen zu garantieren.
    Die "Sterne" stehen auf Erfolg, somit kann das bedrohte Libysche Volk" hoffen, dass der "angezettelte" Bürgerkrieg und das "NATO-Bombing" zum Ende kommt!

    In diesem Kontext könnte von ISRAEL erwartet werden, dass sich ISRAEL ebenfalls im "Lockerbie Fall" dafür einsetzt, dass endlich die geheimgehaltenen Dokumente der Scottish Criminal Cases Reappeal Commission (SCCRC) in Scotland veröffentlicht werden; und Mr Al Megrahi und Libyen nach einem "Miscarriage of Justic" entlastet werden...

    by Edwin Bollier, MEBO Ltd. Switzerland. URL: www.lockerbie.ch


    On 27 June 2011, the Daily Telegraph reported:

    "News of Mr Koussa's whereabouts came as the International Criminal Court yesterday issued arrest warrants for Col Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al–Islam and the intelligence chief Abdullah al–Senussi.

    "David Cameron's official spokesman said the Government wanted to see Mr Koussa help rebels in Libya from his base in Doha. Asked if it was possible to 'do that from a five–star hotel in Doha', he said: 'I am not going to get into a lot of commentary on what Moussa Koussa is doing - he is a private individual.' The spokesman added: 'We have also been clear that he will not be given any immunity from prosecution in this country.'

    "Mr Koussa had 'already been interviewed by Dumfries and Galloway police over the Lockerbie bombing', he said.

    "In Parliament, a Conservative MP said he would be asking what level of financial support, if any, Britain had given Mr Koussa since he came to the UK after defecting from Col Gaddafi's regime. Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: "Allegedly this man has blood on his hands, and I hope very much that the British taxpayers are not subsidising him in any way."