Friday, 1 June 2012

Lockerbie conviction falling apart

The recently deceased Abdelbaset al Megrahi, convicted of bombing Pam Am flight 103 which fell on Lockerbie, Scotland, causing the deaths of all 243 passengers and 16 crew and 11 people on the ground, has widely, not least by this blog, been considered to be innocent of all charges.

Now the Scottish Herald has acquired a secret government document which seems to confirm this. The report, shown to the prosecution but not the defence at Megrahi's trail, says that a terrorist organisation called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) carried out the bombing at the request of the Iranian government.

Flight 103 was bombed in December 1988. It is worth remembering that in April 1988 the US Navy attacked and destroyed two Iranian oil platforms in the Strait of Hormuz (in supposed retaliation for a US warship having been damaged by an Iranian-planted mine - with no loss of life) and in July 1988 the US guided missile destroyer USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air flight 655, a civilian airbus A300 flying from Iran to Dubai, killing all 290 people on board, under the misapprehension that it was actually an Iranian airforce F-14 Tomcat gunning for them. The USS Vincennes was actually in Iranian territorial waters at the time it fired on IAF 655.

Strait of Hormuz: busy old place

The possibility that Lockerbie was not Libyan but Iranian was widely mooted at the time of al-Megrahi's trial (January 2001) and now it seems the government knew this all along.

Many people have questions to answer.

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