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Many Still Question Megrahi Conviction in Bombing of Pan Am 103

By Andrew I. Killgore | Washington Report | July 2011

Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basil Ali al-Megrahi was convicted on Jan. 31, 2001 of destroying Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988, killing the plane’s 259 passengers, including 179 Americans, and 11 people on the ground. Megrahi was tried under Scottish law by Scottish judges in a special court sitting at Camp Zeist, a former American military base in The Netherlands.

As readers of the Washington Report are aware, the American media coverage of the Lockerbie trial was very thin, despite the heavy loss of American lives. There seems to be a determined silence about even the existence of an organization called “Justice for Megrahi,” whose members include (full disclosure) this writer and several distinguished Britons, including Dr. Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the crash, and Dr. Robert Black, former professor of criminal law at Edinburgh University and creator of the idea of trying Megrahi and his co-defendant, Lamen Fhimah, in The Netherlands under Scottish law.

The revolution in Libya, and particularly the defection to Britain of former Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, has stirred some peripheral interest in Lockerbie. Before he became foreign minister, Koussa was head of Libyan intelligence, and close to Muammar al-Qaddafi. He would know what was in Qaddafi’s mind when he agreed to turn over Megrahi and Fhimah for trial. Was it because the Libyan leader thought the two men were guilty, or because he knew he was obliged to do so to gain sufficient Western approval for the development of his country, including increased oil production?

The April 9 Washington Post ran an article saying that Scottish officials had “met” with Koussa, who they think may have crucial information about Lockerbie. According to the article, “Prosecutors said that they would offer no additional details of their conversations with Koussa.” Just what did Koussa tell them, and why is no more information about the meeting forthcoming?

So far as this writer has seen, no American newspaper has mentioned that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ruled that Megrahi may have suffered a miscarriage of justice—a finding that presumably remains valid despite Megrahi’s release from prison on compassionate grounds. Yet, the Washington Post article writes that “the case remains open despite Megreahi’s conviction.”

The heavy lethargy of the American media on Lockerbie includes no word that many outstanding Britons who lost relatives or friends in the Lockerbie crash do not believe that Megrahi is guilty. If members of “Justice for Megrahi,” who obviously think he is not guilty, could possibly arrange a discussion with Moussa, it could clear up a lot of questions. Depending on Koussa’s answers, it could reopen the question of who really bombed Pan Am 103.

Andrew I. Killgore is publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

July 11, 2011 - Posted by | Deception, False Flag Terrorism, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Wars for Israel


  1. I have been a member of Justic for Magrahi, and I support its aims. But it does not go far enough to say who, if Mr Magarhi did blow up Pan Am 103, if he did not do it

    I quickly rejected the alternative that it was the PFLP GC for three main reasons. No serious ever seemed to be attached to the group, and no record of any payment to it has been authoritatively produced. And most important a Sunni group would not take on a undertaking for a Shia group, even if paid.

    And I was coming the conclusion that Oan Am 103 was the revenge bombing for IR655, the Iranian Airbus. If Iran did not get its revcenge in PA103, then where did it do it. Iran is not likelly to accept the killing of 254 of its citizens without reprisal. And guess exactly 254 countable lives were lost on Pan Am 103.

    You can’t get more precise justice than that.

    Charles Norrie

    Mr MK was allowed to leave the UK freely for not only does he have nothing to do with Pan Am 103, he doen’t know anybody who does. No apply a little intelligence rather thanbeing spoon fed lies by your abyssmal Government.


    Comment by Charles Norrie | July 11, 2011

    • Charles,

      Iran has been attacked many times without exacting revenge. The pages of history contain such events on regular intervals. Lacking actual evidence, your allegation against Iran is not only foolhardy but irresponsible as eventually the USraelis will decide to get two birds with one, possibly false flag, stone.


      Comment by aletho | July 11, 2011

      • Dear Aletho,

        I can prove my claim. Iran agreed to a deal with the US, for the countries had agreed together a revenge for IR655 .Israelis or “USIRaelis” as you claim play no part of my thesis. There is no Israeli dimension.

        Charles Norrie


        Comment by Charles Norrie | July 16, 2011

        • Charles,

          There is a difference between saying that you can prove your claim and actually proving it.


          Comment by aletho | July 16, 2011

  2. Dear Aletho, If you read my stuff which is readily available, you will see that (a) though my story has gaps, as no one is owning up to what happened, especially if they worked for the CIA, my theory is a good deal more credible than the farcical trial that put Mr Magrahi into the slammer. Now stop blogging and do a bit of work for yourself for once.


    Comment by Charles Norrie | September 24, 2011

  3. Al Megrahi was framed. It’s that simple. The U.S. paid 4 million to the expert witness to make the case that the detonator was truly on a boom box when in fact the charge was affixed to the inside of the cargo compartment and not in a boom box as the CIA has lied about. Also the Scottish authorities had been circumvented and pushed aside at every part of the investigation. Articles in ‘The Scotsman’ were comprehensive and quite thorough to point out that Al Megrahi was wrongly framed and wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

    The CIA did this to kill 7 people who were coming back with evidence of CIA drug trafficking, and they killed more than 270 others on the plane to get those seven including a former U.S. Army Colonel who was with a suitcase full of drug money to present during Senate hearings.

    In any case, overwhelming evidence proves this was a CIA murder en-masse. Pinned on a wrongly accused and wholly innocent man, Al Megrahi.

    Libya was no more responsible for this CIA mass killing than was Santa Claus.


    Comment by Al Megrahi was a patsy, had nothing to do with this CIA MURDER OF NEARLY 300 people | September 24, 2011

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