Sunday, 1 December 2013

Gaddafi's spy chief may hold key to Lockerbie

[This is the headline over a report in today’s edition of The Sunday Herald.  It reads in part:]

'I do not say that he is not guilty, I just say that he should have a fair trial," said Anoud Senussi in an interview with The Sunday Herald about her father, Abdullah Senussi, Colonel Gaddafi's former intelligence chief and the alleged mastermind behind the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

At the former Libyan leader's side until the final months of the 2011 civil war, Abdullah fled with his family to Mauritania. According to Anoud, her father was betrayed by the Mauritanian president, who lured him to an airport meeting. "He was taken on to a plane and a man, the new Libyan minister of finance, was sitting there with $200 million in a bag. As soon as my father was on board, the minister handed over the bag. It was a business deal."

Held in Libya, Senussi faces charges over the 1996 massacre of more than 1000 inmates and for war crimes allegedly committed during the civil war. The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of crimes against humanity. Senussi's lawyers in London are seeking his transfer to the jurisdiction of the ICC, but their initial application, since appealed, was refused. (...)

As Libya's spy chief, Senussi is thought by many to have played a key role in the Lockerbie bombing. But while he was convicted in absentia by a French court for his role in the 1989 bombing of a UTA airliner, he has not been charged in connection with Lockerbie. Instead, in 2001, Scottish judges sitting in Holland sentenced Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, a Libyan spy, to life in prison in Scotland. Questions have been raised about the safety of the conviction, and whether he was handed over in part to divert attention from the true perpetrators.

On learning that Senussi had been flown to Libya, Scottish police hurried to Tripoli. It is not clear whether they interrogated him about Lockerbie but, in a statement to The Sunday Herald, Police Scotland did not rule out having spoken to him, and confirmed they had been to Libya in connection with Lockerbie. With Senussi held incommunicado, his London lawyers could not confirm whether Scottish police had questioned him.

According to Anoud, legal proceedings against her father are being influenced to prevent him reaching a public court, given what he must know as a former spy chief. "America, Britain, France - ask them why they do not let my father come to the ICC. They do not want him to speak." Without access to legal counsel, facing closed court in Libya and on a charge punishable by death, there is every chance Senussi will never be questioned in public about the Lockerbie bombing.

"There is no justice in Libya," said Anoud. "They will kill him in Libya. In the ICC, there is justice."

[First it was Moussa Koussa who was supposedly holding the key to Lockerbie. Now it’s Abdullah Senussi. I’d have thought that by now there was enough evidence in the public domain for even the dimmest journalist or police officer to realise that the key to Lockerbie most probably does not lie in Libya.]


  1. MISSION LIFE WITH LOCKERBIE, 2013 -- Go on ground to new facts...

    The Lockerbie > PanAm 103 > "CHAIN REACTIONS"

    Joggeli has been given clear instructions to perform an easy task by his master. He is supposed to shake pears from a tree, but he prefers to lazily lie under the tree instead!

    In an unsuccessful effort to shake Joggeli out of his lethargic state, his master sends out a dog, a stick, fire, water, a calf and a butcher. Even when his master takes action, he fails miserably. In the end, the master becomes a victim of a mutiny.

    This story for children in a book of fairy is the most famous "chain reactions"...

    by Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, Telecommunication Switzerland. Webpage:

  2. MISSION LIFE WITH LOCKERBIE, 2013 -- Go on ground to new facts... (google translation, german/english):

    Abdelbaset al Megrahi was abused by his own "friends", former opponents in circle of the former Gadhafi regime, to bring Libya in responsibility for the "Pan Am 103 bombing" over Lockerbie, on 21 December 1988.

    Libya and Abdelbaset al Megrahi, have nothing to do with the "Lockerbie Tragedy" ! Justice for the deceased Al Megrahi and 'Libya Now'...

    Abdelbaset al Megrahi wurde durch eigene "Freunde" (damalige Gegner im Kreise des Gadhafi Regime) missbraucht - um Libyen in die Verantwortung zuziehen - für das "PanAm 103 bombing" über Lockerbie, am 21. Dezember 1988.

    Libyen und Abdelbaset al Megrahi, haben nichts zu tun mit der "Lockerbie-Tragödie"! Gerechtigkeit für den verstorbenen Mr. Al Megrahi und 'Libya Now' ...

    by Edwin Bollier, MEBO Ltd. Telecommunication Switzerland. URL: