Friday, May 30, 2008

Lockerbie Document Identified?

Dr Ludwig De Braeckeleer on the OhMyNews website has wriiten an article in which he is confident that the document that is currently being debated as to it's disclosure to the defence lawyers representing Lockerbie bomber Mr Megrahi, originates from the testimony of Iranian defector Abolghasem Mesbahi who alleged that Tehran, not Tripoli, had ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103.

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Lockerbie Appeal Procedural Hearing - Day 3

"Judges order bomb document handover."

This is today's headline in Scotland's The Herald newspaper.

Scotland's top Judge Lord Justice General Lord Hamilton has ordered Advocate General Lord Davidson QC, representing the UK government to present the documents in a private session in the court within the next 7 days. The three Judges sitting for the Megrahi appeal will then determine whether the documents and the PII certificate issued by UK's Foreign Secretary David Miliband is to be upheld or whether full disclosure of the document(s) should be made to Megrahi's defence team.

Non-disclosure, a partial disclosure of the document, or security vetted and UK government endorsed Advocates sitting in place of Megrahi's defence team as has been suggested, would render the continued appeal of Megrahi pointless. The document in question and it's full disclosure forms an integral part of the SCCRC judgement last year that a miscarriage of justice may have taken place during the original trial at Zeist in 2000.

It would appear that the document(s) in question, after being viewed by the investigating Police, the UK government, the Crown office and the SCCRC, has now achieved such sensitivity that the UK government claim it would cause "real harm" to national security and international relations.

The Herald Article -

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Former Iranian President Blames Tehran for Lockerbie

This headline is taken from an article on today's 'Oh my news' website. In it, Ludwig De Braeckeleer writes extensively on the political, security and terrorist activities in the months leading up to the Lockerbie disaster in 1988.

He has conducted a personal interview with Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which he states unequivocally, "that Tehran, not Libya, had ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103 in revenge for the downing of an Iranian civilian airliner by the USS Vincennes a few months earlier."

Ohmynews article here -

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Extraordinary Confidentiality Sought by UK Government

As expected, the UK government represented at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday by the Advocate General, Lord Davidson, have proposed that discussions on the disclosure and relevance of documents relating to the appeal of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, be conducted in private sessions. Lord Davidson also stated that this closed meeting would require a security vetted representative advocate replacing Megrahi's own defence team.

The extraordinary lengths the UK government is taking, and the proposals made during yesterday's court hearing, are unprecedented in Scottish law.

Megrahi's defence team are expected to issue their response on these matters today.

The Herald article -

iafrica news -

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Desperate Bid To Keep Lockerbie Evidence Secret

The Herald newspaper in Scotland reports today that a further procedural hearing will take place next Tuesday 27th May. The Advocate General representing the UK government is requesting a proposed session, or possible future court sessions in which a document thought to relate to the timer device used in the Lockerbie explosion will be discussed, takes place in a closed door environment.

As I stated in a post on here last year:

"If the Crown have viewed the document(s) in question and the SCCRC have either viewed or clearly know the contents of the document, I fail to see any possible valid reason for it to be withheld from Megrahi's defence team. Even in a possible closed private meeting between the three parties : the Crown, the Defence and the Judge. Surely it is the very least to be expected in any society wishing to uphold truth, fairness and justice?"

However, in a novel twist in keeping with the unusual procedures throughout the whole investigation and trial, the crown wish to exclude Megrahi's defence team from these discussions, and instead appoint their own Advocates on behalf of Mr Megrahi to evaluate whether the document in question, and the PII certificate issued relating to it's disclosure, should be upheld.

Quite how the integrity and sincerity of the discussions and any decisions made during this court session on the subject of the withheld document(s), can be guaranteed to the public when the intended body of Advocates in place of Megrahi's defence team is determined and vetted by the very ones who are raising the PII and refuse to disclose the document, is unclear.

The Herald article here :

BBC article here :

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