How the whole world was sold a monstrous lie over Lockerbie: Author claims it WASN’T Libya who bombed the 747 jumbo jet – and the prime suspect is alive and living in Washington
- Iran’s former interiror minister authorised and finaced the hit, the US claimed
- Ahmed Jibril was founder and commander of Palestinian group that did bombing
- Bomb maker Marwan Khreesat built the device hidden in radio-cassette player
- Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was senteced to life in 2001 but was released in 2009
By DOUGLAS BOYD FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 17:11 EDT, 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 20:34 EDT, 29 September 2018
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It is nothing short of a scandal.
There was, of course, a fall guy. Eleven years after the atrocity, a 47-year-old Libyan Arab Airlines security officer called Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted on a tissue of lies which centred on the evidence of a Maltese shopkeeper who claimed to remember him buying clothes similar to those that may have been in the suitcase with the bomb that would rip through the fuselage.
A low-level Libyan CIA ‘asset’ called Abdul Majid Giaka said he recalled seeing al-Megrahi collect a brown Samsonite suitcase from the Arrivals carousel in Malta’s Luqa airport on December 20, 1988. On the following morning, he alleged, the unaccompanied suitcase was loaded on to a flight to Frankfurt, from where it would be transferred to London on a Pan Am ‘feeder flight’ and loaded aboard Flight 103 – before then exploding.
A further 11 years later, al-Megrahi was sentenced to life imprisonment at an extraordinary trial held in a disused American air base near Utrecht, Holland.
After years investigating the Lockerbie disaster and its background, I have found that little of the evidence against him can be taken at face value. Instead, a very different story has emerged from the morass of lies, one that should have been apparent from the very start.
It is a story of incompetence, vengeance, political expediency and then a cover-up orchestrated from the very highest levels in London and in Washington – where the real bomber is said to live today, under the cover of an American witness protection scheme.
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And the British and American Gooferments are up to their elbows in deceit.
Why should we ever trust anything the politicians and bureaucrats say?
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