Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi on the release of Megrahi: four years ago, with an update

[Another piece from the blog archive during this fallow period for Lockerbie developments. This one is from 25 March 2010:]

“I asked him about Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi, the man convicted in the Pan Am 103 atrocity, in which 270 were killed, when the flight blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. The Scottish Judiciary released Megrahi in August on compassionate grounds [RB: the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who released Megrahi, is a minister in the Scottish Government, not a member of the Scottish judiciary], as doctors gave him just three months to live. Seven months later he is still alive. Gaddafi said, ‘The Americans shouldn’t be angry because this man is innocent, I believe he is innocent. Second, it was not a Libyan decision to release him. They should go to the UK and discuss the issue with the UK and not Libya. And the third issue--he is very sick. This is a fact. But he is still alive. You should ask God about that.’”

[From an interview by Amy Kellogg with Saif Gaddafi, reported in the Live Shots section of the Fox News website. In a later article on the same website, Ms Kellogg writes:]

Though Libya renounced its weapons of mass destruction program back in 2003, a US Embassy didn’t open in Tripoli until late 2008. That was after Libya paid compensation for the families of the victims of Pan Am flight 103. (...)

Despite the normalization of relations, there is much historic baggage weighing on the new relationship, including painful memories of the 1988 Pan Am 103 incident, and for the Libyans, the bombing of Leader Moammar Gaddafi’s home by the Americans in 1986.

When a Scottish court released the man convicted in the Pan Am 103 bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi, on compassionate grounds, as doctors determined he had just three months left to live, many Americans reacted angrily, as it brought back painful memories. US Ambassador Gene Cretz acknowledges that.

“There’s no doubt that the impact of that picture of Mr. Megrahi being greeted here struck at the very heart of American sensitivities not only in Washington but throughout our country, because it was a reminder of a very very painful past and a present that continues to be painful for the families who lost relatives and friends in that incident and others.”

I asked Seif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader about the release of Megrahi, who is still alive seven months after his release.

"Americans shouldn't be angry because this man is innocent. I believe he is innocent. Second, it was not a Libyan decision to release him. They should go to the UK and discuss the issue with the UK not Libya. The third issue, he's very sick. This is a fact. That he is still live you should ask God."

Many Libyans make the distinction between Libya’s “accepting responsibility” for the bombing, and actually being guilty of the atrocity, considering Megrahi the fall guy. Yet a Scottish court convicted Megrahi and that fact has not changed. [RB: But an official Scottish body, the SCCRC, has said that that conviction may have been a miscarriage of justice.]

Cretz said even though it was a Scottish court that released him [RB: it was a Scottish Government minister, not a Scottish court], that act caused some damage to US-Libya relations.

“It was a setback no doubt it did impact on relations and this is one of the reasons that we are trying to brick by brick , day by day, discussion by discussion, lay down a path of normalization with this country. So that after 30 years of estrangement and hostility we are able to begin to find a language to talk to each other and to also make each other aware of our cultural and political imperatives and sensitivities.” 

[RB (2014): Shortly after this the “cultural and political imperatives and sensitivities” of the United States embraced logistical and military support for the overthrow of Gaddafi, with the dire results for Libya that are now increasingly apparent

Saif al-Islam is amongst those who are due to go on trial in Libya on 14 April. Also among the accused is Abuzed Omar Dorda. In the reports I see no mention of important Lockerbie figures Abdul Ati al-Obeidi and Mohammed al-Zwai, but I suspect that they will also feature.]  


  1. MISSION LIFE WITH LOCKERBIE, 2014 -- Go on ground to new facts... (google translation, german/english):
    MEBO LTD had determined, that the real MST-13 Timerfragment (PT-35) identify with 8 layers of fiberglass - and the experts from USA, Tom Thurmann (FBI) and Allen Feraday (RARDE) must know exact, that the MST-13 timer fragment is from a prototyp circuit board, which was not from a Timer - delivered to Libya !
    It is high time to finally find an important part of the truth.
    Since 34 days SNP MSP Christine Graham and Members of the Scottish Parliament 's Justice Committee is waiting for answers about:
    How is the elucidation of a crime , made by Officials , in one of the biggest criminal cases of Scotland - in the Lockerbie affair - by the new ' operationally Lockerbie investigation team ' , led by Detective Superintendent Michael Dalgleish ?
    Members of the Scottish Parliament 's Justice Committee on 18th February 2014 , have written to Sir Stephen House Requesting details on the number of officers working on the inquiry and what stage it is at..

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame said it was time to go to the “top of the tree” and request a response from the Police Scotland chief constable within seven to ten days.

    MEBO Ltd says, a much-demanded forensic after-analysis of the crucial piece of evidence, the MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35) get blocked until today - why? - what needs to be thwarted?
    A new forensic examination of the MST-13 Timerfragments (PT-35) is very simple:

    The technology today is ready that 100% can be proved, that the crucial MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35) - allegedly found in Lockerbie -
    consists of 9 or 8 layers of fiberglass and can be proved, within (timewindow +/- 10 days) that the 'PT-35' fragment had trace of powder from a bomb explosion on 21st of Dec. 1988.

    9 layers of fiberglass and traces of explosive powder, can have direction to Libya ?

    8 layers of fiberglass, with no traces of explosive powder, indicate to a Scottish fatal fraud - against Libya ?

    Abdelbaset al Megrahi and Libya have nothing to do with the bombing of PanAm 103, over Lockerbie. The MST-13 Timer Evidence (PT-35) is a Scottish Fraud against the former Gadhafi regime!

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

  2. The terrible truth about US foreign policy is it involves siding with almost anyone against everyone in the interests of the ‘neo-con and military industrial complex’ lobby!

    They claim to be fighting a ‘war on terror’ against ‘Al-Qaeda’ and then support ‘Al-Qaeda’ against the secular states who are opposed to ‘Al-Qaeda’.

    And the logic behind this ‘irrational’ approach is any excuse to bomb Israel’s neighbours and perpetuate war as illustrated in George Orwell’s book and the film 1984.