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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:08 PM
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Real reason for Megrahi's release - to save Scottish justice system from embarrassment.
It is alleged a planned appeal by Megrahi's lawyers would show up his conviction for the Pan Am bombing to be a travesty of justice.


Lockerbie: Will the truth ever come out?

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds, although welcomed by many campaigners in Britain, means we are no further forward in terms of establishing the truth regarding the Lockerbie bombing.

For many, Megrahi was a convenient scapegoat, deflecting attention away from a wealth of evidence which would bring into question the official version of events.

This suspicion has deepened with the suggestion that Megrahi had been forced to withdraw his appeal against conviction or be refused leave to return to Libya to see out his dying days.

An estimated 600 pages of evidence, much of which may prove Megrahi's innocence, has been withheld from the public.

The families of British victims of the bombing are understandably dismayed that, with the withdrawal of the appeal, the best chance to have the evidence exposed has faded.

SNIP

Although we cannot know the exact details of what the withheld documents contain, there is enough evidence already in the public domain to raise serious questions over the Libyan's conviction and why he was fitted up for a crime he almost certainly did not commit.

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/featu...



Explosives analysis concludes semtex theory "scientifically implausible" in Pan Am 103 explosion

A scientific analysis of the Crown's discredited theory that approximately 1lb of semtex contained in a Toshiba radio caused the destruction of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, has concluded that the notion is "scientifically implausible."

The report, by Dr Ludwig de Braeckeleer agrees with the findings of John H Parkes, a former MOD contractor and explosives engineer who assisted in the rescue operations in Lockerbie, and subsequently submitted a report of his findings to the then Scottish Secretary Malcolm Rifkind. Parkes was never called as a witness to the trial.

Dr de Braeckeleer's findings reiterate the initial findings from US sources, that the Crown theory does not stand up to forensic scrutiny.

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Evidence of fragmentation observed on victims at the site and on the wreckage - which was not heard at the trial- indicate an explosives "signature" that was not consistent with a semtex blast close to the skin of the fuselage. Unbroadcast footage of the wreckage, and contemporaneous photographs of the crashed plane, shows puncture damage to parts of the plane far away from the claimed site of a semtex blast, and of a character indicating far more powerful explosives events on board.

http://www.firmmagazine.com/features/501/Explosives_ana...

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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:40 PM
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1. his partner was aquitted....
i think the iranians took the plane down because the us shot one of theirs out of the sky
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:41 PM
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2. Vital Lockerbie evidence 'was tampered with'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/sep/02/theairli...
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Bollier, now 70, admits having done business with Libya. 'Two years before Lockerbie, we sold 20 MST-13 timers to the Libyan military. FBI agents and the Scottish investigators said one of those timers had been used to detonate the bomb. We were shown a fuzzy photograph and I confirmed the fragments looked as though they came from one of our timers.'

However, Bollier was uneasy with the photograph he had been shown and asked to see the fragments. He was finally given permission in 1998 and travelled to Dumfries to see the evidence.

'I was shown fragments of a brown circuit board which matched our prototype. But when the MST-13 went into production, the timers contained green boards. I knew that the timers sold to Libya had green boards. I told the investigators this.'
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In 2001, Bollier spent five days in the witness box at the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. 'I was a defence witness, but the trial was so skewed to prove Libyan involvement that the details of what I had to say was ignored. A photograph of the fragments was produced in court and I asked to see the pieces again. When they were brought to me, they were practically carbonised. They had been tampered with since I had seen them in Dumfries.'
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:43 PM
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3. Probe into Lockerbie timer claims
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.166433...
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Ulrich Lumpert, formerly an electronics engineer with Mebo AG, Zurich, has signed an affidavit admitting he committed perjury before the Scottish Court in the Netherlands.

In his affidavit he states that he stole a handmade sample of an "MST-13 Timer PC-board" from Mebo in Zurich and handed it over, on June 22 1989, to an "official person investigating the Lockerbie case."

He further states that the fragment of the timer, cut into two pieces for "supposedly forensic reasons," which was presented in court stemmed from the same piece.

He further states that when he became aware that this piece was used for an "intentional politically motivated criminal undertaking" he decided, out of fear for his life, to keep silent on the matter.
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steaa Donating Member (83 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:05 PM
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4. CIA spook says Megrahi was freed before appeal humiliated justice system
A CIA terror expert who worked on the Lockerbie investigation has claimed Megrahi would have been freed on appeal.
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Baer claimed: Key witnesses - including Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci - were "manipulated".
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Vital details freely available to intelligence agencies were withheld from the original prosecution.
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Megrahi's appeal papers would have proven beyond doubt the bombing was orchestrated by Iran.


http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2009/08/... /

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Ghost in the Machine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:19 PM
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5.  "Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked"

cal04 (1000+ posts) Sun Aug-28-05 01:06 AM
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Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

Edited on Sun Aug-28-05 01:09 AM by cal04
A FORMER Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated. The retired officer - of assistant chief constable rank or higher - has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.

The police chief, whose identity has not yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison. The evidence will form a crucial part of Megrahi's attempt to have a retrial ordered by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC). The claims pose a potentially devastating threat to the reputation of the entire Scottish legal system.

The officer, who was a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland, is supporting earlier claims by a former CIA agent that his bosses "wrote the script" to incriminate Libya. Last night, George Esson, who was Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway when Megrahi was indicted for mass murder, confirmed he was aware of the development.


The insider said: "He said he believed he had crucial information. A meeting was set up and he gave a statement that supported the long-standing rumours that the key piece of evidence, a fragment of circuit board from a timing device that implicated Libya, had been planted by US agents. "Asked why he had not come forward before, he admitted he'd been wary of breaking ranks, afraid of being vilified. "He also said that at the time he became aware of the matter, no one really believed there would ever be a trial. When it did come about, he believed both accused would be acquitted. When Megrahi was convicted, he told himself he'd be cleared at appeal." The source added: "When that also failed, he explained he felt he had to come forward. "He has confirmed that parts of the case were fabricated and that evidence was planted. At first he requested anonymity, but has backed down and will be identified if and when the case returns to the appeal court."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


Scotland is trying to save face, and cover up for the US at the same time.

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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:33 PM
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6. See? They should have had a 9/11 type commission so there's be no question about what happened.
:yoiks:

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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:50 PM
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7. kick n/t
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JawJaw Donating Member (574 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:42 AM
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8. In The Pay Of The CIA ?
http://www.private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=...


"There were the testimonies of two witnesses who were paid huge sums by the CIA – one a notorious liar and paid informer, Abdul Giaka, who first put Megrahi in the frame; the other the Maltese shopkeeper who identified him as the man who bought clothes said to have been packed round the bomb. He had been shown photographs of Megrahi."
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:52 AM
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9. Lockerbie Doubts
Lockerbie Doubts

By Lisa Pease
August 21, 2009

SNIP

This decision caused an uproar in the United States. Obama administration officials lodged angry protests; family members of the victims decried the move, and TV pundits joined in the lamentations. But what do they really know about the Lockerbie bombing, beyond what theyve read in the last few days?

The truth about what happened at Lockerbie appears quite a bit more complex than the cookie-cutter version presented by the mainstream media. Several longtime observers of the al-Megrahi case have concluded that it has always been weak, at best.

According to British journalist Hugh Miles in a 2007 article for London Review of Books, many lawyers, politicians, diplomats and relatives of Lockerbie victims now believe that the former Libyan intelligence officer is innocent.

Miles quoted Robert Black QC, an Edinburgh University professor emeritus of Scottish law, as saying, No reasonable tribunal, on the evidence heard at the original trial, should or could have convicted him and it is an absolute disgrace and outrage what the Scottish court did.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/082109a.html
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