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Yet More Lockerbie

Interesting stuff from the Scotsman from a few years ago.

New Scotsman, Sun 28 Aug 2005

A FORMER Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.

The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.

The vital evidence that linked the bombing of Pan Am 103 to Megrahi was a tiny fragment of circuit board which investigators found in a wooded area many miles from Lockerbie months after the atrocity.

The fragment was later identified by the FBI’s Thomas Thurman as being part of a sophisticated timer device used to detonate explosives, and manufactured by the Swiss firm Mebo, which supplied it only to Libya and the East German Stasi.

At one time, Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent, was such a regular visitor to Mebo that he had his own office in the firm’s headquarters.

The fragment of circuit board therefore enabled Libya – and Megrahi – to be placed at the heart of the investigation. However, Thurman was later unmasked as a fraud who had given false evidence in American murder trials, and it emerged that he had little in the way of scientific qualifications.

Then, in 2003, a retired CIA officer gave a statement to Megrahi’s lawyers in which he alleged evidence had been planted.

The decision of a former Scottish police chief to back this claim could add enormous weight to what has previously been dismissed as a wild conspiracy theory. It has long been rumoured the fragment was planted to implicate Libya for political reasons.

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Unfortunate

The Lockerbie stushie is showing no signs of abating and the main fall guy continues to be Scottish justice minister Kenny MacAskill. I’m probably in a dwindling number who has sympathy left for him but really some of the press comment has been a disgrace.

The internet forums have descended predictably into remarks about ‘skirt wearing twats’ etc.

Then there’s the man from the FBI

If there really is something more to MacAskill’s decision than the advice on medical grounds from doctors, the prison governor, the parole board and legal officers then lets hear exactly what these accusations are. If the decision was taken for other reasons than simple compassion for a dying man, then those saying so should now say specifically what they are and provide the proof.

To try to somehow blame MacAskill for the bizarre behaviour and statements of Colonel Gaddafi ignores the latter’s considerable previous form.

Phew!

On Saturday with another 10 guys I went to my friend Stevie’s stag do in Edinburgh. We partied till late and stayed over let me tell you all about it…………….on second thoughts….

What I’ll say is that Edinburgh during the festival is a happening place and anywhere where you can drink until 5am has certainly grasped the opportunities associated with all these visitors!

Quite proud of myself that I managed to stand up straight last night for the Lewinsky gig. Thanks to all who came along to raise more money for Yorkhill Hospital.

Last night we played a song that we had never played together before (Canned Heat’s Lets Work Together). We emailed each other on Friday, selected a key and played it!

I think we got away with it.