Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Toshiba instruction manual evidence

[On this date in 2000, Mrs Gwendoline Horton gave evidence at the Lockerbie trial. A report on the South African IOL website, based on news agency reports from Camp Zeist, contains the following:]

An elderly resident of an English farming village told on Wednesday how she found among Pan Am Flight 103 debris strewn outside her home a document that became essential to the Lockerbie investigation - a cassette recorder manual. (...)

Gwendoline Horton, of Morpeth, 100km east of Lockerbie, described the scene around the town the day after the explosion. Air currents had carried a considerable amount of light debris into northern England and deposited it in the Morpeth area.
"All the local farmers were collecting it in the fields," Horton said. "We went out to collect what we could. I remember coming upon a document of some sort that made reference to a radio cassette player."
Police constable Brian Walton confirmed that he accepted Horton's find, which he described as an instruction handbook for a cassette player.
"It had tiny bits of cinder on the edges," he told the court. "At that time, it didn't have significance that it obviously might have now."
But when Horton was handed a plastic bag with fragments of the manual, she did not recognise it.
"I'm sure when I handed it in it was in one piece," she testified.
[RB: The best analysis of the evidence about the Toshiba instruction manual is to be found here and here on Caustic Logic’s blog The Lockerbie Divide.]


  1. Lockerbie Dossier, 2016, > google translation, German/English:

    An additional manipulated page with number 51, was added to the real, existing page no.51, in the RARDE Report 181, inserted ! The existing original page no.51 was then with no.52, overwritten, the next original page no.52 with no.53... 53 with 54... 54 with 55 ... etc.

    As only in 2006, six years after the "Lockerbie trial", in Kamp van Zeist, by a fax of 22 January 1990, - by Expert Allen Feraday to the Scottish Senior Investigation Officer, Suart Henderson - was known, that the black" cabonized" MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35) - with the into scratched letter "M" and the visible 3 scratching mark - (damaged clothing Prod PI'995) in early January 1990 by Feraday, in a burnt Slalom shirt in RARDE laboratory has been found and, together with various other fragments related to the alleged "Toshiba, Improvised Explosive Device"
    (IED) has been photographed. (Photo 273).
    The fragment PT-35 could therefore not have been found on May 12 or on September 15, 1989 !

    This proves that not only the page, number 51, with date 12 May 1989, was falsified, but also the photo no. 273, Prod. (PI/995, PP8932) with the depicted fragment (PT-1) "of layered paper of the Toshiba instruction handbook"!
    More important facts for the investigation 'Operation Sandwood':
    Images below, show the path of the Scottish "Evidence Fraud" with an MST­-13 timer fragment (PT­-35) in the case of 'Lockerbie, PanAm 103'; in order to harm Libya, Abdelbaset al Megrahi, MEBO Ltd. and others...

    1) > Overall picture shows the alleged at Lockerbie discovered black carbonized evidence of a MST-­13 timer original fragment (PT-­35) (circled in red) along with the singed Slalom shirt and other found objects. Visible, on the fragment, 3 scratches and a scratched letter "M" (in German for Muster = sample). The court in Zeist confirmed that this picture shows the Original fragment – before forensic modifications ­ as found in the Lockerbie area. This picture is a crucial piece of evidence!

    The photograph was taken in the laboratory at RADE and was until mid ­January 1990, after the discovery in a Slalom shirt, by expert Allen Feraday photographed.
    All backwards dated data, about the finding of the fragment (PT-­35) on 15 September 1989 and 12 May 1989, were altered and then testified at the Court in Kamp van Zeist from Scottish official witnesses, under Oath, ­ nr. 355, Expert Allen Feraday (RARDE) ­­nr. 994, Chief Inspector William Williamson, (Scottish Police) ­­ nr. 257, Det. Thomas Gilchrist, (Scottish Police).

    continued below >>>

  2. continued >>>

    2)> The second photo shows three images: The original black carbonized MST-­13 timer fragment (PT-­35) is circled in red ­ visible 3 scratches and a scratched letter "M". This fragment was fabricated from a brown prototype circuit board with 8 layers of fibreglass.
    Significant: The 20 piece MST-­13 timers delivered to Libya were equipped with green Circuit Board, and were fabricated with 9 layers of fibreglass!
    The second figure shows the original MST-­13 Timerfragment, which on April 27, 1990, in company Siemens in Germany, was polished and has been cut into two parts. The larger part was marked as (PT-­35/b) the smaller section as (DP­-31/a).
    The third figure a (patchwork) shows a criminal manipulation, reference wise, the replacement of the larger, black carbonized, original part (PT-­35/b) with a green colored section under the same name (PT­35/b).

    This fragment Patchwork (PT­35/b) and (DP­31/a) was submitted to Edwin Bollier (MEBO AG) on 16/17 September 1999, in Dumfries, from *Procurator Miriam Watson, for inspection ­ *(Lockerbie Criminal Trial Team, CROWN OFFICE) Witness: ACC Kate Thomson.
    In order to involved Libya in the "Lockerbie tragedy, Pan Am 103", the original black carbonized part (PT-35/b) had to be replaced by a piece of green part with same name (PT­-35/b)!

    The whole story of the MST-­13 fragment is very complex. The creation of additional fragment copies created a tricky jumble and only a few insiders know which one is the original and genuine fragment as found in the Lockerbie area. I am convinced that all this led to an inaccurate verdict at the court in Zeist.

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

  3. Oh, bugger off Edwin.

  4. Things have moved on since Adam wrote his blog referenced above. We now know that the photos of the manual Decky was shown in court were the reference ones taken BEFORE the fingerprint testing was done.

    The appearance is quite different from her description. All the sheets are torn almonst across, and it's very difficult to imagine anyone picking that up from wet grass and imagining that they'd picked up an almost intact page.

    It's quite shocking that the inference was allowed, that the photos were taken after the fingerprint testing and that explained the discrepancy. It's simply untrue. But the defence didn't pursue it.

    But then, Brian Walton testified that the fragment in the photo was what Mrs Horton handed in. But he also said it was just singed around the edges. Forgive me my cynicism, but I don't see how Brian Walton could remember any individual item from the carrier bags of rubbish being handed in by the locals. I think he, as a policeman, simply parroted the line the prosecution wanted him to parrot.

    I also think Decky Horton was coached, albeit more subtly. It was nearly 12 years later, and she and her husband picked up several carrier bags full of debris. I don't know what (if anything) she remembered finding, but it wasn't the item in that photo.

    We have to beware of reading too much into failures of memory, however. If Decky didn't remember picking up what she was shown, or confabulated picking up something different, that doesn't prove that the fragments of the manal page weren't among the stuff scavenged at Morpeth. I don't think we can prove that it was, though, and there may well have been shenanigans there.