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Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

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Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked
CIA planted tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 murder of 270 people

by Marcello Mega

August 29, 2005
The Scotesman

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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 police chief, whose identity has not yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison.

The evidence will form a crucial part of Megrahi's attempt to have a retrial ordered by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC). The claims pose a potentially devastating threat to the reputation of the entire Scottish legal system.

The officer, who was a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland, is supporting earlier claims by a former CIA agent that his bosses "wrote the script" to incriminate Libya.

Last night, George Esson, who was Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway when Megrahi was indicted for mass murder, confirmed he was aware of the development.

But Esson, who retired in 1994, questioned the officer's motives. He said: "Any police officer who believed they had knowledge of any element of fabrication in any criminal case would have a duty to act on that. Failure to do so would call into question their integrity, and I can't help but question their motive for raising the matter now."

Other important questions remain unanswered, such as how the officer learned of the alleged conspiracy and whether he was directly involved in the inquiry. But sources close to Megrahi's legal team believe they may have finally discovered the evidence that could demolish the case against him.

An insider told Scotland on Sunday that the retired officer approached them after Megrahi's appeal - before a bench of five Scottish judges - was dismissed in 2002.

The insider said: "He said he believed he had crucial information. A meeting was set up and he gave a statement that supported the long-standing rumours that the key piece of evidence, a fragment of circuit board from a timing device that implicated Libya, had been planted by US agents.

"Asked why he had not come forward before, he admitted he'd been wary of breaking ranks, afraid of being vilified.

"He also said that at the time he became aware of the matter, no one really believed there would ever be a trial. When it did come about, he believed both accused would be acquitted. When Megrahi was convicted, he told himself he'd be cleared at appeal."

Yet another Bush family coverup 29.Aug.2005 20:58


Thanks for the post. This is really amazing, not that I didn't beleve that was the case, I'm amazed that the whole US/CIA media sphere is totally coming unglued! What, with Fitzgerald heading out to get Bushies starting with Hollinger, Madsen on top of the Bushes and Osama banking together in terrorism funding, Spritzer in NY, the 911 movement, etc.

Are Bushes days really numbered? I sure hope so.

The inside on the Lockerbie scandal was that even though it was in the middle of Scotland, the American FBI were first on the scene! covering it up, as well. This destruction had a lot to do with killing off loyal US counterintel officers coming back to complain that they were tracing large scale drug running directly to George H. W. Bush.

Note 29.Aug.2005 21:03


Esson questions the informant's motive, but not the substance of the report.

Something I have always wondered about 30.Aug.2005 14:55


Why would a government-sponsored organization, which would presumably include technical experts, use a commercial timing device, which could be traced via purchase records, in building a bomb like the one that went off over Lockerbie? Why use a version which was manufactured only as a special-order item for that very government?

Apart from the stupidity of it, it would be unnecessary. The components needed to build a timer of more than adequate accuracy for that purpose are readily available on the normal electronics market; in fact, they could probably be obtained by salvaging junked consumer electronics, to make the device even more difficult to trace. The knowledge to design such a timer is also widespread- pretty much any electronic engineering student or knowledgable electronics technician could do it.

That's always seemed a bit odd to me, although it pays to remember that human stupidity is virtually unlimited in its scope.