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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:46 am    Post subject: Kenny MacAskill Interview  Reply with quote

Kenny MacAskill Interview:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-11027019
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Call for a public enquiry:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/new...ic-inquiry-into-bombing-1.1049360
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recall Megrahi back to prison say America:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11045140
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:24 am    Post subject: Abu Talb Suspected Of Lockerbie Reply with quote

Why was terrorist Talb cleared over Lockerbie?

In May 1989, Talb was arrested in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Lucy Adams, Chief Reporter

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A convicted killer who many believe is the real Lockerbie bomber has been freed from prison in Sweden, prompting calls for a new investigation into Palestinian links to the atrocity.

Mohammed Abu Talb, who was serving a life sentence for other terror attacks in Copenhagen and Amsterdam using explosive devices, was the original suspect for the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 until 1990, when attention switched to Libya.

The Egyptian-born militant then served as a prosecution witness at the trial of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, when he denied defence claims that he was the killer of the 270 people at Lockerbie in 1988.

However, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) is understood to have uncovered new evidence that strengthens the case against Talb, who was allegedly funded by Iran to blow up the plane in revenge for the American cruiser USS Vincennes shooting an Iran Air flight out of the sky on July 3, 1988, killing 290 people.

On the first anniversary of Megrahi’s release yesterday, Swedish authorities confirmed publicly for the first time that Talb had been released from Malmo prison after serving 20 years.

Because his whereabouts is now unknown, and he is widely thought to have returned to the Middle East, campaigners who believe Megrahi has been unjustly treated are concerned that a key chance to interview Talb has been lost.

The Herald has previously revealed that Talb could be tried if Megrahi were to be formally cleared. An appeal against Megrahi’s conviction could still be mounted even after the death of the Libyan, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer.

Eddie MacKechnie, Megrahi’s solicitor from 2001-2006, said it was now time to refocus on what really happened, rather than obsessing about Megrahi’s early release. “There was more evidence at the time to implicate Talb and his associates than Megrahi,” he said. “I know that many police officers at the time were concerned that the investigation shifted to Libya when there was no evidence of Libyan involvement.

“The relatives deserve to know whether there has been a cover-up of any kind. We need to have a full and independent inquiry into what happened, and it needs to look at the Palestinian connection.”

Professor Robert Black, QC, the architect of the Lockerbie trial, said: “I support Mr MacKechnie 100%. Clearly the Palestinian connection deserves to be looked at and a full inquiry needs to be held.”

A leading CIA figure also called for the Palestinian connection to be reinvestigated. Robert Baer, a former CIA case officer assigned to the Middle East, told The Herald that an appeal or public inquiry was now needed. “I talked to the SCCRC and they were very clearly focussed on the Palestinians and the Iranian connection,” he said.

“There is no doubt that Abu Talb was an asset controlled by the Iranians and questions need to be asked about how he ended up as a prosecution witness. He was definitely not a reliable witness and what we need now is what the SCCRC report says, what intelligence there was, and what the connections were.”

The SCCRC report refers to the recovery of official records from various organisations in Italy. These are thought to relate to Talb, who travelled between Cyprus, Rome, Malta, and Frankfurt in the run-up to the bombing.

Evidence not heard at the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands has revealed that the CIA thought Talb was the man responsible, and that police found clothes, including a blue babygro similar to one found at Lockerbie, when they raided his flat in Germany.

Police also found a calendar with the date “21 December” circled. In addition, Talb’s wife was recorded in a wiretapped telephone call warning another unidentified Palestinian to “get rid of the clothes immediately”.

In May 1989, Talb was arrested in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. At Camp Zeist, defence counsel alleged the Syrian-backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command, and the lesser-known Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, were responsible for the Lockerbie bombing. They said Talb was linked to both terrorist groups.

In his testimony, Talb told the court that he ended “all activities relating to Palestine at the end of 1982”. He was jailed along with three other men for the bombings in Denmark and the Netherlands, which killed one man and injured many others, but his life sentence was later commuted to 20 years.

In Tripoli yesterday, there was no sign of Libyans openly celebrating the first anniversary of Megrahi’s release. His brother Abelhakim Ali said events were kept low-key after a direct appeal from the Scottish and UK governments.

He said: “The (Libyan) authorities instructed us to remain silent about the first anniversary”

But across the Atlantic, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “We maintain that Megrahi should serve out the entirety of his sentence in prison in Scotland. We will continue to reiterate this position to the Scottish and Libyan authorities.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/new...-cleared-over-lockerbie-1.1049638
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wrong to free Megrahi

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/w...both-the-victims-and-justice.html
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex Salmond snubs the 'Justice for Megrahi' campaign.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/new...snubs-megrahi-probe-bid-1.1050165
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I always thought Salmond was a slippery character.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

US senate officials to meet with Government over Lockerbie bomber release

Sep 14 2010

JUSTICE officials from the Scottish Government will meet on Thursday with representatives of a US Senate committee investigating the release of the Lockerbie bomber, it has emerged.

The meeting will be held in Edinburgh, a spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi is the only person to be convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, in which 270 people died - most of them Americans.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill released the Libyan on compassionate grounds after he was given three months to live but he remains alive today.

His release 13 months ago sparked fury in America and has been condemned by Barack Obama's administration.

An inquiry investigating the release has been launched by the Committee on Foreign Relations, which is made up of US Senators.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said tonight: "We can confirm that officials will have a meeting on Thursday afternoon in Edinburgh."

US politicians want to investigate concerns that the bomber's release was linked to an oil deal - a suggestion strongly denied by all parties involved.

Mr MacAskill and his former UK counterpart Jack Straw declined to attend the inquiry as witnesses.

Earlier this month the Scottish Government pledged to make officials available to meet committee staff.

First Minister Alex Salmond made the offer in a letter to the committee dated September 10 and released on Sunday.

It called on the committee to confirm it accepts the Scottish Government's compassionate release of Megrahi was made on judicial grounds alone.

Mr Salmond also wants confirmation from the committee that it accepts his Government had no contact with BP in relation to decisions made about Megrahi, and that it opposed the signing of a prisoner transfer agreement between the UK Government and Libya unless Megrahi was excluded from the deal.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news...ie-bomber-release-86908-22561528/
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Scots-and-US-officials-to.6527425.jp
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lockerbie cover up continues with questions being asked by Christine Graham.

The following is taken from Shirleymckie.com but just in case I am accused of being her here is the link:

http://www.shirleymckie.com/documents/THECOVERUPCONTINUES.pdf


THE COVER UP CONTINUES
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
WRITTEN ANSWER
24 September 2010
Index Heading: Crown Office
Christine Grahame (South of Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any information it holds related to payments reportedly made by US authorities to key witnesses either before or after the trial of Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, specifically payments to Tony Gauci, in relation to evidence he gave into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.
(S3W-35942)
Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC:
The only forum in which the Scottish Government or the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) can make public any information connected to witnesses involved in the investigation and prosecution of the Lockerbie bombing is in judicial proceedings in Scotland.
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SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
WRITTEN ANSWER
24 September 2010
Index Heading: Crown Office
Christine Grahame (South of Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of comments by the former Lord Advocate, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, who has stated publicly in a television interview for Dutch television in 2009 that he was not aware that the timer fragment known as PT35 was sent to the United States of America for examination by FBI officials and that he would have opposed such transportation of this fragment on the basis of concerns that it might be lost in transit or provoke accusations that it had been tampered with.
(S3W-35943)
Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC:
I am aware of comments reported to have been made by my predecessor, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie.
The fragment of electronic timer recovered from the wreckage of flight Pan Am 103, known as PT35, was taken to the United States of America by Scottish police officers and a British forensic scientist in June 1990 as part of the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing. The fragment remained in the custody and control of the Scottish police officers and the British forensic scientist during the visit to the United States and was subsequently identified as having come from an electronic timer manufactured by a Swiss company, MEBO, to the order of the Libyan intelligence service.
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SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
WRITTEN ANSWER
24 September 2010
Index Heading: Crown Office
Christine Grahame (South of Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the reported comments of former FBI scientist Frederic Whitehurst implying that the FBI laboratory in Washington DC may constitute an additional crime scene with regard to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.
(S3W-35944)
Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC:
There is no evidence of any criminal act having been carried out in relation to any of the forensic evidence in the Lockerbie investigation.
A fragment of electronic timer recovered from the wreckage of flight Pan Am 103, known as PT35, was taken to the FBI laboratory in Washington DC by Scottish police officers and a British forensic scientist in June 1990 as part of the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing. The fragment remained in the custody and control of the Scottish police officers and the British forensic scientist during the visit to the United States and was subsequently identified as having come from an electronic timer manufactured by a Swiss company, MEBO, to the order of the Libyan intelligence service.
SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
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Once again and just for clarity I am not Shirley McKie even though I have posted an article above which is already posted on her site.


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