[This is the heading over a letter from Farouk Araie published today on the website of the Khaleej Times, an English language newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates. It reads as follows:]
Twenty-five years ago, Pan Am 103 was destroyed by a bomb over Lockerbie in Scotland.
The truth about Pan Am 103 continues to be covered up by a blanket of lies. It exposes the cruellest international cover-up in modern history, one that makes Watergate and Irangate pale by comparison.
Two Libyan intelligence agents were charged with mass murder, in connection with the destruction of Pan Am 103. The trial was held at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. Abdelbaset Al Megrahi was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 270 people. His co-accused was found not guilty.
The conviction of Al Megrahi is legally puzzling. How could the court come out with a verdict of guilty for one and innocent for the other when they were both being tried with the same evidence? The judgment appears to be politically motivated.
The key forensic witness in the Lockerbie trial, Allen Feraday, gave false evidence about the fragment of the bomb timer said to have been found at Lockerbie. The only identification witness, Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, extorted money from Western intelligence for his confused evidence.
Al Megrahi died on May 20, 2012. The evidence produced at his trial was fabricated and manipulated in Europe and North America. Legal scholars believed that many aspects of the Lockerbie prosecution were at best incompetent and at worst amounted to an attempt to pervert the course of justice. It is glaringly evident that at least six nations were involved in the downing of Pan Am 103. It was decided at the highest level to pin the blame on Libya.
On January 31, 2001, Al Megrahi, was found guilty. It took a total 84 days’ evidence, spread out over eight months, during which 230 witnesses were called, 10,232 pages of transcript compiled, and 621 items exhibited. The cost of the trial came to 80 million pounds. It was one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in international history. If the truth is ever revealed, it will cause a firestorm that will rock Western nations. The culprits got away with mass murder.