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I just thought I would share some thoughts about the release of the alleged Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed Al Megrahi.

I believe that, despite the media hysteria surrounding Al Megrahi’s release, that it was the right decision to make as it was not only humane but he should *not* have been convicted in 2001 and was the victim of an egregious injustice.

The decision to release him was probably rooted in reasons that where a cynical mix of politics and business rather than releasing him on ground of compassion. I can smell when there is a whiff of injustice and with Lockerbie there is a malodorous stench that reeks of injustice.

Having studied this case extensively over the years, my interest having been provoked from reading the excellent investigative journalism of the late Paul Foot , I would share the opinion of the victims spokesperson, Dr. Jim Swire that Megrahi had “nothing to do with the bombing” and that his conviction was “one of the gravest miscarriages of justice in history”.

This view was echoed by Robert Black QC, an Edinburgh University professor emeritus of Scottish law, “No reasonable tribunal, on the evidence heard at the original trial, should or could have convicted him and it is an absolute disgrace and outrage what the Scottish court did.”
Even Nelson Mandela – a tireless advocate of justice and has more than a passing familarity with wrongful incarcerations doubted Al Merghai’s guilt, visited him in prison and demanded a re-trial.
The trial in 2001 was farcical in that key evidence collapsed or was not presented and other key evidence was withheld.
One of the principal witnesses in the trial was exposed as a lying fantasist and was subsequently dismissed by the judge as lacking credibility.
The conviction rested primarily on the prosecution’s star witness, a Maltese shopkeeper called Tony Gauci , who was revealed to have been carefully groomed and coached * twenty-three* times by the police before the trial and he was also shown a photograph of the accused before the trial– Al Megrahi – whom he later identified in court. Shockingly, it has recently come to light that Gauci received 2 million dollars from the CIA.

Having read about the details behind the Lockerbie bombing, it would appear that Libya had no involvement with the bombing………………..but Syria and Iran probably did in cahoots with the PFLP.

The most plausible theory is that Lockerbie was a revenge bombing for the US shooting down a civilian Iranian airliner some months previously
This is repeatedly ignored and overlooked, as the blame was conveniently shifted onto Libya , with the shakiest of concocted evidence .

Crucially, it was revealed that the luggage room in Heathrow was broken into on the very same day of the Lockerbie bombing – it seems that this is where the bomb was loaded – yet this was criminally ignored at the trial, along with other key evidence.
This is the main feature article which is worth reading – it is Paul Foot’s extensive investigation into Lockerbie in 1995 and was published in The Guardian. A classic example of crusading investigative journalism (re-published on a blog)*

In the event of a re-trial, a veritable Pandora’s box of dirt and shady dealings would have been exposed and Al Megrahi would have been inevitably released, as his co-accused was. Thus he was released on “compassionate grounds” to avert this embarrassing re-trial from seeing the light of day.
What might also have been exposed is that the CIA used to let Middle Eastern drug dealers with connections to Oliver North ship heroin to the United States and they ensured that certain bags where not searched at airports to facilitate this.

This is actually a matter of historical record – Senator John Kerry conducted a Congressional hearing on this and rebuked the CIA for smuggling drugs. I happen to have read a number of books on this very subject – probably the best of which is Whiteout – The CIA, Drugs and The Press by the excellent Irish journalist Alexander Cockburn (who now lives in the US) where he demonstrated that the CIA used to import drugs into the US to illegally fund dubious wars and preferred guerrilla groups in South America and to release hostages in the Middle East.

It is certainly possible that the PFLP or contractors, working for the Iranians, used this CIA loophole to place bombs on board with the heroin.
It would perhaps explain why mysterious bales of heroin where found on a golf course around Lockerbie and amidst the wreckage in a second location and subsequently not produced as evidence in the trial.

Of course Britain has lucrative trade agreements that it is keen to sign and seal with Libya and it has already been demonstrated that getting an innocent Libyan released formed part of these trade deals, one of which was a substantial deal that Tony Blair brokered for BP worth $900m when Libya came in from the diplomatic cold and ceased to be shunned as a pariah state.

It has been revealed that the UK Foreign Office was involved in the Al Mergahi case, despite earlier denials and Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader’s son has let the proverbial cat out of the bag by letting it slip that Al Megrahi’s release was connected to negotiations with Britain over oil and gas. This is cynical real-politick, business interests and the eternal quest for profit masquerading as justice.

Such accusations immediately elicited indignant denials from the Machiavellian Peter Mandelson and howls of derision from Gordon Brown, which reminded me of Claude Cockburn’s quip which the great Australian journalist John Pilger frequently invokes – “Never believe anything until it’s officially denied”.

No matter how disgusted some people may feel over the jubilant scenes of Al Megrahi’s release in Libya, we should remember that he should not have been convicted in the first place and that his conviction made a mockery of any notions of justice, law and humanity that the judiciary of Scotland purports to uphold . At least a wrongfully convicted man has been released to join his family and die with dignity.

The real crime is that the likely perpetrators of Lockerbie will never be prosecuted and justice will cruelly elude the families of the 270 people who perished in the December sky over Scotland twenty-one years ago.