Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Questions Remain in the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Trial

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Questions Remain in the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Trial

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Scottish law permits three verdicts: guilty, not guilty, and not proven. The Scottish court sitting at Camp Zeist near Amsterdam in the Netherlands spent 75 pages saying that Libyan Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was guilty of planting the bomb which destroyed Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988. Any fair reading of that verdict, however, simply shouts: not guilty.

Al-Megrahi's lawyers are now in the process of appealing to the Scottish Criminal Law Review Commission on the basis of a miscarriage of justice: that the defense lawyers did not provide their client with an adequate defense. A glaring deficiency was their failure to call to the stand an Israeli who was responsible for advising Pan Am on security arrangements.

There had been allegations of a break-in of Pan Am facilities at Heathrow Airport, which might have provided the opportunity for placing a bomb aboard Pan Am 103. Yet the Court failed to question Isaac Yeffet (formerly with Israel's El Al Airlines), a citizen of Israel, whose responsibilities included advising Pan Am on security worldwide, including at Heathrow, from which Pan Am 103 departed on its ill-fated last flight. …

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