Lockerbie — Why Are Former STASI Officers Being Questioned Today?

“I regard the Lockerbie verdict against Megrahi as a ‘Grand Monument to Human Stupidity’.  Indeed, the written opinion of the Lockerbie judges is a remarkable document that claims an ‘honoured place in the history of British miscarriages of justice.’ If the [SCCRC] Commission accepts the application for a full review, the infamous Zeist verdict doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving.”

INTEL TODAY — July 5 2017

“During his 46-year rule, the Hashemite monarch was frequently accused by his enemies — Israeli and Arab alike — of being a CIA stooge. The agency became his paymaster in 1957, inheriting that role from the British: Hussein received $1 million a year until 1977, when President Carter ended the payments.”

TIME

Robert Mueller was assistant attorney general in the United States in 1991 when indictments were issued for the two Libyan suspects, Megrahi and Al-amin Khalifa Fimah. A young Mueller is explaining the importance of PT/35(b), a small fragment of a circuit timer that was allegedly found among the debris of Pan Am 103 near the town of Lockerbie. Today, we know that PT/35(b) is a forgery that was planted to blame Libya for the tragedy.

March 22 2019 — Several state prosecutors across eastern Germany, including in Berlin, Cottbus, Frankfurt an der Oder, Zwickau, Potsdam and Neuruppin have confirmed that Scotland’s solicitor general, Alison Di Rollo QC, had approached them asking for “legal assistance”. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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According to a report in the German tabloid Bild, as many as 15 former Stasi officers were approached for “concrete questioning”.

“The former Stasi officers were interviewed as witnesses, not as suspects,” a spokesman for the Frankfurt an der Oder prosecutor’s office said.

The Crown Office first asked to question the former Stasi officers in June last year, and has made a number of follow-up requests, the most recent a few days ago, the spokesman said. (…)

Defence lawyers suggested the Stasi could have supplied the detonator to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command, a group with which it had particularly close links and which was an early suspect in the Lockerbie case.

What is going on?

In 2007, it emerged that two secret papers had been given to the UK by a foreign government in September 1996, four years before al-Megrahi’s trial began, but had never been disclosed to his defence team even though Scottish police and prosecutors had seen them.

In his book, former Cabinet Secretary for Justice (2007−2014) Kenny MacAskill wrote that the letters (still today under Public Interest Immunity) were sent by the King of Jordan to John Major.

Although the SCCRC could not publish these letters, their findings clearly reveal their content.

I will argue that the reasoning of the SCCRC suggests that these secret letters point to the PFLP-GC having received – one way or another – at least one MST-13 timer.

Allow me to explain.

Here are the conclusion points of the SCCRC:

The full report is 821 pages long but these two sentences caught my attention.

“In the Commission’s view the Crown’s decision not to disclose one of the documents to the defence indicates that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred in applicant’s case.

In reaching this decision the Commission has taken into account paragraphs 49, 73 and 74 of the trial court’s judgment.” [SCCRC 25.6]

What does it mean ?

Let us read these paragraphs.

[49] we are unable to exclude the possibility that any MST-13 timers in the hands of the Stasi left their possession, although there is no positive evidence that they did and in particular that they were supplied to the PFLP-GC.

[73] We turn next to the evidence in relation to members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (“PFLP-GC”). (…) the timers were of a type known as ice-cube timers. These were quite different from MST-13s, much less sophisticated and much less reliable

[74] There was no evidence that the cell had the materials necessary to manufacture an explosive device of the type that destroyed PA103. In particular there was no evidence that they had an MST-13 timer.

For the reasons given elsewhere, while a small quantity of such timers was supplied by MEBO to the East German Stasi, there is no evidence at all to suggest that any of them found their way into the hands of organisations such as the PFLP-GC.

Obviously, these secret letters not seen by the defense provide evidence that some MST-13 timers in the hands of the STASI left their possession, and that they were supplied to the PFLP-GC.

Thirty years after the tragedy, Scottish police and prosecutors appear to actually investigate this connection. Better late than never…

Important comment — On March 13 2019, an application by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission in relation to the Lockerbie case was heard by three judges of the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh.

The SCCRC sought and was granted a European Investigation Order addressed to the Federal Republic of Germany. [Pr. R. Black — LockerbieCase]

As explained by professor Black, and now admitted by the media, the investigation currently being conducted by Scottish police and prosecutors into possible involvement by the East German Stasi in the Lockerbie bombing is quite separate from the investigation by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission into whether Abdelbaset Megrahi’s conviction might have amounted to a miscarriage of justice. More about this soon. Stay tuned!

REFERENCES

Scottish prosecutors interview former East German Stasi agents in connection with Lockerbie — The Telegraph

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Lockerbie — Why Are Former STASI Officers Being Questioned?

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