Lockerbie: another false flag incident?


Richard Moore

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        [Michael Scharf, who was the counsel to the US
        counter-terrorism bureau when the two Libyans were indicted
        for the bombing, described the case as "so full of holes it
        was like Swiss cheese" and said it should never have gone to
        trial. . .

August 15, 2003
The Independent (UK)

Libya Gives £1.7bn to the Victims of Lockerbie, But the Questions Remain

by Andrew Buncombe and Paul Kelbie

. . . For some, the announcement - almost 15 years after Pan Am flight 103 was 
blown from the skies over the small Scottish border town - will bring a degree 
of finality and closure. For others, it will bring fresh trauma. What it 
certainly will not do is answer the many questions about the bombing, its 
investigation or the prosecution and subsequent conviction of a Libyan agent 
that remain unanswered.

. . . What many of the relatives, including Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was 
killed, continue to point out is the huge number of number of unanswered 
questions surrounding the bombing.

Why, for instance, did Western investigators suddenly focus on Libya, when for 
several years they believed that two Syrian-backed Palestinian terrorist groups 
- the Frankfurt-based PFLP-GC and the lesser-known PPSF - were responsible? Why,
Mr Swire has asked, did flight 103 explode 38 minutes after take-off from 
Heathrow en route to New York - a timescale that has the exact hallmark of the 
sort of "ice-cube" timer that the PFLP-GC had used before? What does one make of
the evidence presented by the prosecution?

Why did the CIA need to pay its star witness, Abdul Majid Giaka, $2.7m (£1.7m) 
to give evidence? Why was that evidence only forthcoming after he had received 
the money?

Why did the Scottish judges choose to accept part of the testimony of the 
Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, who sold Megrahi clothes that were later found 
wrapped around the bomb? Why was the court persuaded when he admitted he could 
not definitely identify the suspect?


John Ashton and Ian Ferguson, "Cover-Up of Convenience: The Hidden Scandal of 
Lockerbie," Mainstream Pub.Co., June 2001

"Pan Am 103: Lockerbie Verdict 'Astonishing'," The Wisdom Fund, February 6, 2001

[The brother of a victim of the Lockerbie disaster has vowed to reject a 
multi-million pound compensation deal from Libya because he does not believe it 
has been proved guilty of the attack.--Stephen Khan, "Lockerbie brother: 'I 
don't want £6m, I want the truth'," The Observer (UK), August 17, 2003]

[WHY did the court accept identification evidence from Maltese shopkeeper Tony 
Gauci when it knew that Gauci would receive $4m reward from the USA if 
Al-Megrahi was convicted? --"Lockerbie . . . In search of the truth," August 23,

Adam Sage, "Gaddafi hails new era after 'deal' over French air disaster," Times 
Online, September 1, 2001

[The United Nations security council yesterday ended 11 years of sanctions 
against Libya, clearing the way for 270 families of the Lockerbie bomb victims 
to each be paid $4m, or £2.5m, compensation. . . .

If the US were to lift its sanctions, unlikely in the current climate, the 
families will each receive another $4m. If Libya is removed from the state 
department's list of terror sponsors, they will get an additional $2m - a total 
of $10m for each family. If the US does not lift its sanctions within eight 
months, the families will receive only $1m more, or $5m per victim. . . .

Yesterday's vote had been postponed for more than three weeks while French 
families whose relatives were on a UTA flight bombed over the Niger desert in 
1989, killing 170, renegotiated a settlement made with Libya in 1999. France 
settled on $33m for all the families. But, embarrassed when they saw what 
Lockerbie families were getting, the French demanded more. UTA relatives 
announced on Thursday an agreement that would lead to a settlement.--Gary Younge
and Brian Whitaker, "Lockerbie relatives see UN end Libya sanctions," Guardian, 
September 13, 2003]

"Lockerbie families demand inquiry," BBC News, December 21, 2003
"Libya signs UTA bombing payout," BBC News, January 9, 2004
"Libyan PM denies country's guilt," BBC News, February 24, 2004
"'Doubts' over Lockerbie evidence," BBC News, August 19, 2005

Marcello Mega, "Police chief: Lockerbie evidence was faked,", 
August 28, 2005

[Michael Scharf, who was the counsel to the US counter-terrorism bureau when the
two Libyans were indicted for the bombing, described the case as "so full of 
holes it was like Swiss cheese" and said it should never have gone to trial. . .

Robert Black, professor of Scots law at Edinburgh University and the principal 
architect of the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist, described the Lockerbie case as 
"a fraud". . . .

Dr Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the bombing, said: "Myself and 
Michael Scharf are coming from exactly the same position. I went to the trial 
and became convinced after watching it unfold that the case was full of 
holes."--Liam McDougall, "Lockerbie trial was a CIA fix, US intelligence insider
claims," Sunday Herald, November 12, 2006]

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