Saturday, 22 October 2011

Gadhafi's death won't end Lockerbie controversy

[This is the headline over a report published overnight on the website of The Catholic Register.  It reads in part:]

The death of Moammar Gadhafi will do nothing to end years of controversy over the Lockerbie bombing, said the priest who served in the Scottish town in 1988.

Fr Patrick Keegans, now the administrator of St Mary Cathedral in Ayr, Scotland, said he regretted that the Libyan dictator was not allowed to live to stand trial for the "atrocities and crimes" he might have committed.

He also said that Gadhafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, will take to his grave valuable information about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and knowledge of who was truly culpable of the attack. (...)

Gadhafi was captured alive Oct. 20 by rebels in a drainage pipe outside the Libyan city of Sirte. He later died, although reports of how and when he died vary.

In an Oct 21 telephone interview with Catholic News Service, Keegans said Gadhafi "must have had information about who was the Lockerbie bomber," adding that the question of the guilt of the Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the bombing, remained unresolved.

The priest said he would continue to demand a full inquiry into the fairness of al-Megrahi's 2002 trial. The former Libyan intelligence officer was jailed for a minimum of 27 years.

"We would like the truth of what happened even though Gadhafi has died," Keegans said. "It is very convenient for some governments that Gadhafi has died because they clearly had connections with him that were rather suspect.

"I am talking about the British government and the US governments."

All the "evidence points to the innocence" of al-Megrahi, he added. "There was a verdict (of guilty) but that verdict was very, very suspect, and he and all the victims of Lockerbie deserve a full inquiry into the trial ... and a review of all the evidence and other facts that have come to light since then."

 Al-Megrahi, 59, who has maintained his innocence, was released from jail after seven years and returned to Libya in August 2009 on the grounds that he was suffering from prostate cancer and had just months to live. But just weeks ago, he was able gave an interview to Reuters news agency from his bedside in Tripoli. (...)

Keegans, a priest of the diocese of Galloway, befriended al-Megrahi during prison visits and became convinced of his innocence.

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  1. MISSION LOCKERBIE, 2011, doc. nr.7051.rtf. (google translation, german/english):

    The world is now waiting for the disclosure of "Incriminating Evidence" against ex Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi -- to have orchestrated the bombing of PanAm 103 ?
    As a reminder - on 23 February 2011, Gadhafi's former justice minister, now chairman of Libya's (NTC)-National Transitional Councel, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, in an interview in Sweden's "Expressen" newspaper said, that Gadhafi should be tried by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague and Jalil claimed he have proofs for the court, that Gadhafi ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103-- and Abdelbaset Al Megrahi had transported the "Bomb Case" with Air Malta via - Frankfurt to London / Heathrow-- determined for bombing on the main flight PA-103 !
    Moammar Gadafi is now dead,-- now as a CREDIBLE CHAIRMAN of 'NTC', Mustafa Abdel Jalil, must be open the promised evidence for the international medias. Important: before the election of a new government !

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