Lockerbie 30th Anniversary — PT/35(b) : MEBO TELECOM and the Story of the MST-13 Timers [UPDATE — Swiss Businessman Wants Intel Today Editor to Testify as Expert]

“The problem with the Lockerbie trial has been that the man who supplied the timer for the bomb which brought down the aircraft was never put on trial. Western intelligence agencies knew of the activities of Edwin Bollier as far back as 1971. The envelope which should have brought Edwin Bollier’s career to an end — he was then an agent for the Stasi East German intelligence — was handed to MI6 in the summer of 1971. I know because I handed the envelope containing the evidence to “W”, my MI6 controller, retired Perth Detective Superintendent, in an office in Guild Street, Aberdee”

Paul Harris — The Herald (February 1st 2001)

“If we were going to libel him [Edwin Bollier] we would have done so, these issues have been considered. The decision not to include him as a co-conspirator is not a recognition that he has nothing to do with the matter. The extent of his involvement is yet to be developed in evidence. It may be he has involvement in what occurred, but unless the Crown is able to adduce evidence that places him in the conspiracy, it is not appropriate to libel him as a co-conspirator.”

 Alan Turnbull QC — Prosecuting Counsel at the Lockerbie Trial

“Bollier had more ‘get out of jail free cards’ than a Monopoly game!”

Richard Marquise — Head of the FBI investigation into the Lockerbie bombing

Of course, I still care about this appalling miscarriage of justice [Lockerbie].  My view is that Bollier was a CIA agent. That is still my view based on my personal experience.”

Paul Harris — Email to Intel Today (November 16 2017)

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This picture of a MST-13 timer was taken by a CIA officer in Senegal. On December 28 1988, AAIB Michael Charles announced that two pieces of metal recovered in the wreckage of PA 103 provided evidence of a plastic explosive. A few days later, (December 31 1988), the Senegalese Police (Gendarmerie) requested the authorization to destroy this timer and other items seized at Dakar airport on February 20 1988. There is however no evidence that this timer was actually destroyed. The CIA ridiculously suggested that iy was given back to Libya! Jean Collin — the Senegal official in charge of the operation– revealed that it ended in the hands of an American Intelligence Agency.

MEBO Telecommunications timing device — known as a MST-13 timer — is alleged to have been used to trigger the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie on December 21 1988. The investigators attempted to reconstruct as best as possible the story of these timers. The final result is not perfect as many details remain fuzzy. Nevertheless, it is one of the best understood aspect of the Lockerbie saga and, thanks to the testimony of Libyan officials, one that can be factually established.

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Pan Am 103 tragedy, INTEL TODAY will re-post one of our best Lockerbie stories every Wednesday until the end of the year. We would like to know what you think. Please, take this poll and encourage your friends to participate.

If the CIA wanted to frame Libya, Bollier was the perfect ‘target’ and PT/35(b) — the infamous fragment of a MST-13 timer found at Lockerbie — was the perfect ‘evidence’ to plant. I believe that this is exactly what happened. Follow us on TWITTER: @INTEL.COM

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UPDATE (August 20 2019) –MEBO owner and co-founder Edwin Bollier has filed a complaint to the Police Scotland Professional Standards Department because he is not satisfied with the conclusion of the Sandwood Investigation.

“Our lawyers are preparing a criminal lawsuit against Scotland Police because it seems that the investigation was not properly conducted. (…)

Before we proceed with the preparation for a criminal complaint, we would like to repeat an application for a personal meeting in Scotland.

Edwin Bollier, owner Mebo Ltd, accompanied for example by Dr. Peter W. Pfefferli, Swiss Forensic Senior Consultant and possibly Dr. Ludwig De Braeckeleer, Physicist and Lockerbie Researcher and if legally necessary a person from Swiss authorities.”

In my opinion, Bollier’s request will be rejected, or simply ignored. Indeed, the Justice for Megrahi organization made the original complaint of Lockerbie misconduct to Police Scotland and they are satisfied that the investigation was carried out professionally and competently.

Therefore, it is highly unlikely that the Complaints Department will take seriously the concerns expressed by Bollier.

Explanation. The conclusion of “no criminality” may shock some readers familiar with this blog considering that a key witness — Allen Feraday — was well aware that PT/35(b) could not have been part of the MST-13 timers delivered to Libya and that he deliberately withheld  this information from the court.

What is going on? I asked Professor Black to explain what is really happening.

“I think the conclusion of ‘no criminality’ is based on the Sandwood investigators’ view that the requisite criminal intent (mens rea) for the crime of perverting the course of justice was not present (or could not realistically be proved) even if the acts that we complained about were proved to have taken place (which the investigators have indicated they accepted).

It’s a finding roughly equivalent to accepting ‘cock-up rather than conspiracy’ as the most likely explanation when things go wrong.

Justice for Megrahi’s aim was never to have policemen and forensic scientists in the dock of a criminal court, but to have a proper investigation of aspects of the original Lockerbie investigation and prosecution.

The Sandwood investigators have identified the cock-ups and passed on their findings to the SCCRC who will take them into account in their consideration of the current application for the Megrahi conviction to be referred back to the appeal court.

And that’s what JfM sought to achieve.”

It is crucial that the Sandwood investigators have accepted the facts regarding the key piece of evidence in the Lockerbie case: PT/35(b). I cannot possibly imagine that the SCCRC will not take these facts into account.

END of UPDATE

PT/35(b) is a small fragment of a timer circuit that was allegedly found among the debris of Pan Am 103 near the town of Lockerbie.

In a recent post, I explained why, after more than ten years of investigation, I have come to the conclusion that PT/35(b) is a forgery that was planted among the debris to implicate Libya in the bombing of Pan Am 103 and to steer the investigation away from the original suspects.

As promised, I will now provide all the supporting evidence that I was able — thanks to many good friends — to collect over the years.

This post summarises the information available regarding the request, design, manufacture and delivery of about 20 MST-13 timers by MEBO to Libya in 1985-1986.

Enjoy!

MEBO Telecommunications

Edwin Bollier and Erwin Meister formed MEBO in the early 1970s.

MEBO Telecommunications AG (formed in 1969 and registered in Zürich on 24 March 1971) was owned by Swiss businessmen Erwin Meister and Edwin Bollier. MEBO employed a single technician: Ulrich Lumpert.

All of them were regarded as being not trustworthy by those who attended the Lockerbie trial. The trial court found Mr Bollier to be “at times an untruthful and at other times an unreliable witness.”

William Taylor QC, who has been defending Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, described  Mr Bollier was a man “prone to invention” who hoped to receive a cash reward from the American authorities for information about the 1988 bombing.

MEBO co-founder Edwin Bollier

Both Bollier and Meister made up a story about an ‘Olympus timer’ that had been programmed for 19:30 hours on a Wednesday — the Lockerbie bombing occurred at 19:03 on Wednesday 21 December 1988 — which was proven to be technically impossible.

Moreover, both men forgot about having supplied MST-13 timers to the Stasi, the secret police of the former East Germany. [More about this when we will discuss a secret document provided by the King of Jordan to the UK in 1996 and never shown to the defense for reason of National Security.]

Finally, Ulrich Lumpert, told the Scottish Court in the Netherlands that he had produced all of the firm’s MST-13 timers and agreed that the fragment — known as PT/35(b) — shown to him in court “could be” from a MST-13 timer.

However — seven years later  — on 18 July 2007, Lumpert claimed he had lied at the trial. In an affidavit before a Zürich notary, Lumpert stated that he had stolen a prototype MST-13 timer PC-board from MEBO and that he had given it on 22 June 1989, to “an official person investigating the Lockerbie case.

By now, you probably understand than one must be careful with the testimony of these three men for one may not necessarily get the truth — and nothing but the truth — from these honorable Swiss businessmen.

That much is obvious. But, unlike William Taylor, I would advise not to rush to conclusions . They may very well have been economical with the truth in order to secure a fat reward from a US agency and/or Libya. There is clearly evidence supporting such an allegation. But the whole truth may be far more complex.

To begin with, MEBO was clearly monitored by several intelligence agencies since the beginning. MEBO was selling illegally material to the STASI and passing them classified documents. In fact, we know today that any Swiss citizen travelling to East Germany at the time was placed under full surveillance by the Swiss Intelligence Service.

I understand that the Swiss Authorities have about 35 (4″) folders of documents about Mr Bollier and I am told that they have recorded more than 1800 of his phone calls.

Next, there is no doubt that MEBO was on the CIA radar since 1984 when one of their timer supplied to the Libyan army– and identified by a Motorola pager S/N — was discovered in Chad. MEBO also supplied a “bomb-suitcase” to the infamous terrorist ‘Carlos the Jackal’ which was found in one of his apartments.

But there is more. In the case of Bollier, there is evidence that some aspects of his personal life — and I will not elaborate — made him very vulnerable to ‘pressure’ from intelligence agencies.

Meister’s wife died during the Lockerbie investigation; she fell from a window. The Swiss investigators concluded that it was an ‘accident’.

Finally, Lumpert made several unexplained trips to Florida during the Lockerbie investigation. [More about Florida when we will discuss the Togo timer.] After the Lockerbie investigation, Lumpert went on to work for a US company.

But then again, we are supposed to believe that no one knew that MEBO was working with and for some “Intelligence organizations”? Only a child would believe that for there is simply no way on earth that MEBO would have been allowed to continue its activities unless these were highly useful to, and protected by, some Western intelligence agencies.

Maybe, just maybe, there is a good reason why a Swiss Inspector — named Hans Knaus —  suspected the CIA of having planted PT/35(b) among the debris of Pan Am 103 to frame Libya!

Nevertheless, the trial court accepted that — in or about July 1985 — on a visit to Tripoli , Mr Bollier received a request for electronic timers from a Libyan official, either Said Rashid or Ezzadin Hinshiri.

The court also accepted his evidence that he had supplied twenty samples of MST-13 timers to Libya in three batches, and that he may well have been correct when he said that the Libyan order was met with the supply of timers which had circuit boards of both the single-sided and the double-sided types.

Finally, the court accepted that in 1985 Bollier himself delivered five of these samples on a visit to Tripoli, that in the same year he delivered another five to the Libyan Embassy in East Berlin, and that in 1986 he delivered the remaining ten personally in Tripoli.

I believe that the story of the MST-13 timers accepted by the court is basically correct but some details are certainly wrong. And some of these details may be significant.

Neither Said Rashid nor Ezzadin Hinshiri can help us with the truth anymore. Both men have been killed.

Said Rashid — alleged to have been a former head of JSO’s operations section and a close friend of Gaddafi — was killed in a shoot-out with rebels in February 2011 following a speech by the dictator’s son, Saif.

Ezzadin Hinshiri —  a senior Libyan figure who became a top official and one of Gaddafi’s most loyal lieutenants — was killed along with 52 other regime supporters in an infamous massacre at a seafront hotel in Sirte in the final days of the uprising in April 2011.

Libyan Order for the Electronic Timers

Evidence that MEBO received an order for electronic timers in July 1985 is supported by the orders for circuit boards which MEBO placed with Thuring AG in August and October 1985.

In evidence Astrid Thuring spoke to the order card relating to an order  that MEBO placed with Thuring on 13 August 1985 for 20 MST-13 circuit boards (CP 402, photograph 2-575).

She stated that, according to a delivery note (CP 319, image 1), Thuring supplied 24 such circuit boards on 16 August 1985.

In addition,  she spoke to the order card relating to an order that MEBO placed with Thuring on 8 October 1985 for 35 MST-13 circuit boards (CP 402, image 208).

According to a further delivery note (CP 400, image 1), Thuring supplied 34 such circuit boards on 5 November 1985. [SCCRC REPORT 20.28]

DELIVERY TO LIBYA

No documentary evidence was led at trial that directly vouched Mr Bollier’s evidence about the supply of MST-13 timers to Libya, although Mr Meister understood that Mr Bollier had personally delivered these in 1985.  (Trial day 22/ page 3741).

Accordingly, it seems that the court was prepared to accept Mr Bollier’s evidence on this issue on the basis that it had not been challenged and appeared to have been accepted by the defence. The account given to the defence by Hinshiri is of assistance in understanding why no such challenge was made.

In his defence precognition, Hinshiri confirmed that he had ordered a quantity of MST-13 timers and that these had subsequently been delivered to him. A similar account was given by him when questioned by the Scottish police in Libya on 30 October 1999. [SCCRC REPORT 20.29]

Richard Marquise — The FBI agent who led the US side of the Lockerbie investigation– gives a good description [SCOTBOM, Richard Marquise. Page 69] of the supply of the 20 MST-13 timers to Libya.

 In August 1985, Said Fazani*, a high ranking official of the Libyan Jamahiriya Security Organization (JSO),  asked Bollier to design and build a small electronic timer for use by the military in their war with Chad.

A total of twenty were built by Lumpert, ten for use in a waterproof container (boxed) and ten which were free-standing (unboxed).

The first five were delivered by Bollier to Fazani* in Libya  in the late fall of 1985.

The second five were delivered by Bollier to an individual at the Libyan people’s Bureau in East Berlin around November 1985.

The last ten were delivered Hijazi*, a high-ranking Intelligence officer, in Tripoli [in late 1985/early 86].

We now know that Said Fazani* and Hijazi* are names used by Marquise to refer to Said Rashid and Ezzedin El Hinshiri.

Based on various interviews, the “Fuhl Report” has come to the following conclusions:

  1. The first five MST-13 timers have a circuit board with “solder mask” on one side only and were built into boxes.

2. The second five MST-13 timers have a circuit board with “solder mask” on both side  and were built without boxes.

3. The last ten MST-13 timers have a circuit board with “solder mask” on both side and were built into boxes.

At the time of this writing, I am not satisfied with the official story regarding the timeline of the delivery of these timers to Libya.

Indeed, the first Thuring boards were received by MEBO on 16 August 1985. So according to Marquise, the delivery of the “first five” and “second five” timers must have occurred between August and November 1985.

There is just one problem. There are no VISA entry stamps in the passport of Bollier to DDR or Libya from August 1985 to November 1985. You can find them all over his passport before or after, but not during this interval of time. Bollier will — of course — claim  that he could enter these countries without a stamp on his passport. But then, why the many stamps before and after this period of time both from DDR and Libya?

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

Here  is the circuit diagram of the timer as designed by MEBO Uli (Ulrich) Lumpert on August 7 1985.

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You may want to compare this with the drawing presented in the CIA report about the TOGO Timer.

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A good friend — Dr Jim Swire — once told me that he suspects that the CIA may have designed the MST-13 circuit! And he may very well be right.

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COMMENT — You may want to check the “imperfection” of the tracks under the “1 shaped” pad which was deemed crucial in the identification of PT/35(b) as part of a MST-13 Timer.

Indeed during his Defense precognition, FBI Thomas Thurman said:

“I am asked what characteristics led us to this conclusion. I would say the layout of the circuit was the same. There were also imperfections in the circuit itself which were observable in the photograph from Scotland and also in the complete timer. (Note: That is the infamous timer the CIA ‘brought back’ from Togo…) It was alike a fingerprint.”

Does this imperfection appear on every template? What can you conclude from this? Answers can be found here:

RELATED POST: Lockerbie — A Quick Note on the ‘Imperfections’ of PT/35(b) [IMPORTANT UPDATE]

THE THURING BOARDS

Here are some documents regarding the orders of the Thuring boards.

This the design of the main MST-13 board.

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Here is a good quality pic of the board design:

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1st order

Ordered on 13 August 1985

20 ordered, 24 delivered on 16 August 1985

“solder masked” on one side [Lötstopp eins.(eitig)]

No bore holes

“Tin” plated

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2nd order

Ordered on 8 October 1985

35 ordered, 34 delivered on 5 November 1985

“solder masked” on both side [Lötstopp doppelseitig)]

3 x Fenster Fräsen (Mill three windows)

No bore holes

“Tin” plated

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IMPORTANT COMMENT — Notice the now infamous “ZINN” (To tin). However, in this technical field, neither “Zinn” nor “Tin” means ‘Tin’ in a literally sence. It is just slang for the process and does not tell anything about the material itself. In the case of these Thuring boards, it is actually a mix of Lead and Tin. This is absolutely crucial to this case because we now know that PT/35(b) is covered with pure tin!

THE NYMPH QUARTZ

In order to build the MST-13 timers, Lumpert ordered the NYMPH quartz from COMPONA AG. (SARONIX Quartz Data sheet )

Photo 8 - DP 124

Here is the first invoice.

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Here is the second invoice.

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Notice that the frequency on the quartz does not match the frequency on the order. I have found the explanation to this discrepancy. It seems to be an honest mistake from COMPONA AG. (SEE: Building the MST-13 Timers. Solving a 30 years Old Mystery. )

HEF 4518BT

Here is the invoice for the MSI  IC HEF 4518BT.

DP108-1

 

HEF 4521BT

This is the invoice:

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Here is a pic of this component mounted on K-1 (The Togo Device)

 Photo 6 - DP 124

Comment: Notice the not professional handiwork.

CAPACITORS

Here is the invoice for the capacitors.

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Quartz Crystal (Design Note)

THE ROSE BOXES

On 30 July 1985, Edwin Bollier ordered 12 ROSE boxes for the MST-13 timers.

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These boxes raise an important question. (I will discuss this once we have read CIA “John Orkin” CP and DP.)

HOW MANY TYPES?

I must now tell you about another feature of the MST-13 Timers: 2 vs. 4 positions switch.

Some timers could be set between 1 and 99 Minutes/Hours.

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Some timers could be set between 1 and 9999 Minutes/Hours.

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Lumpert stated that all (5 or 6) 4 digits timers were pre-series.

“It is correct that only five or six timers with 4 positions switch were made and they were pre-series ones. The pre-series timers had protective lacquer only on one side.”

This is a rather simple fact. Yet, its consequences are not without merit.

HOW MANY MST-13 TIMERS BUILT BY MEBO?

LORD SUTHERLAND:  Then I call upon the Clerk of Court to read the indictment and the special defences.

THE CLERK:  Adelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah are indicted at the instance of the Right Honourable My Lord Hardie, Her Majesty’s Advocate, and the charges against them are that: […]

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah did between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1985, both dates inclusive, through the hands of Said Rashid and Ezzadin Hinshiri, both also being members of the said Libyan Intelligence Services, and others at the said premises occupied by MEBO AG, in Zurich, aforesaid, at the said premises of said Libyan Intelligence Services, in Tripoli, aforesaid, at the said Libyan People’s Bureau, East Berlin aforesaid and elsewhere to the Prosecutor unknown, order, cause to be manufactured and obtain from the said firm of MEBO AG twenty electronic timers capable of detonating explosive devices;

Richard Marquise gives a rather precise description of the supply of the 20 MST-13 timers to Libya.

“In August 1985, Said Fazani, a high-ranking official of the Libyan Jamahiriya Security Organization (JSO), asked Bollier to design and build a small electronic timer for use by the military in their war with Chad.

A total of twenty were built by Lumpert, ten for use in a waterproof container (boxed) and ten which were free-standing (unboxed).”

Here is a simple question: Where does the number “twenty” come from?

Once the link between MEBO and PT/35(b) had been made, the investigators interviewed the MEBO people. One of their goals was to estimate the numbers of MST-13 timers that had been built and supplied.

Contrary to what Marquise seems to believe, this number was not deduced from the number of Thuring boards MEBO had ordered. Nor was it calculated on the basis of the number of NYMPH quartz MEBO had bought from COMPONA AG.

The upper limit of twenty timers was actually deduced from the following analysis. The investigators learned that MEBO had ordered 20 HEF 4521BT and 60 HEF 4518BT.

So with the help of Bollier, they studied this photo of the Togo timer.
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The timer has obviously 1  HEF 4521BT and 2 HEF 4518BT on the main board. Additionally, it has 1 HEF 4518BT on the secondary smaller board.

Therefore, all men (Bollier and the policemen) were totally satisfied that, at most,  twenty timers had been built  as twenty timers clearly required 20 HEF 4521BT and 60 HEF 4518 BT to be built. Pretty good, don’t you think? The reasoning is nevertheless flawed.

You may remember that some timers had a “2 digits” counter while some (5 or 6) had a “4 digits” counter. The main board is exactly the same in both cases. This point was clearly noticed in the CIA Report. ( See page 7/ Provisions exist for another dual counter chip to handle two more thumbwheel switches.)

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But the construction of a “4 digits” timer requires TWO HEF 4518BT  on the secondary small board!

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Obviously, if Lumpert built six “4 digits” timers, he needed 24 (4×6) HEF 4518BT and only 36 were left to build “2 digits” timers. Therefore only 12 (36/3) of those could possibly have been built. If he built five “4 digits timers”, he could have built 13 “2 digits” with the 40 HEF 4518BT left. In either case, he could not have built twenty MST-13 timers, but only eighteen at most.

You may say that it is only a small error that has no important consequences. And you may very well  be right. But sometimes, small errors lead to a huge disaster. Come to think of it, the Lockerbie trial is a case in point.

THE COPPER CLAD LAMINATE

According to a well-informed source, THURING AG always ordered the Copper Clad Laminates from a Swiss branch of ISOLA: Schweizerische Isolawerke AG in Breitenbach. (SIB)

The FBI report on the Togo timer does not mention the watermark on the main board of the timer. This is not surprising as the report signed by Thurman is almost a copy of the CIA report. (Here is  this undated FBI report. I think that it must have been written between 26 September and 11 December 1990.)

2IB

DP/124-03 (Flipped vertically)

DP/124-03 (Flipped vertically)

However, a FBI document dated 20 August 1990 mentions the following:

“Special photography techniques were utilized on specimen K-1 to identify the number/letter “21B” which is contained within the figure of an oval. The number/letter appears in the upper left quadrant of the circuit board, within the lamination and not on the surface of the board. This identification was added during the manufacturing process, and may offer a code to identify the source of this board. It should be noted, however, that the company which applied the actual  printed circuit, may not be the company which manufactured the green circuit board.”

One may perhaps honestly confuse “MEBO” for “M580” or “MEBQ”. But why would anyone misread “SIB” for “21B” when the “B” is asymmetrical is puzzling to say the least…

I believed that this was a good place to begin our investigation. As I have written before:

“Don’t you think that it would have been a good and obvious place to start if the CIA (and later the FBI ) really wanted to trace the origin of the TOGO timer? (NB: DP/124 is the TOGO timer.)

There is not a single reference to this watermark either in the CIA report nor the FBI report about K1 (the TOGO timer). And to the best of my knowledge, neither Dr Hayes nor Feraday ever noticed it. I am quite sure that Feraday’s report does not mention it.”

The study of the copper clad laminates (both PT/35(b) and DP/347(a)) is detailed here: Forensic Analysis of PT/35b

TIMELINE

July 1985  — MEBO received an order for electronic timers

30 July 1985, — Edwin Bollier ordered 12 ROSE boxes for the MST-13 timers

7 August 1985 — Circuit diagram designed by Lumpert

13 August 1985  — MEBO placed an order with Thuring for 20 MST-13 circuit boards

13 August 1985 — Lumpert ordered 20 NYMPH quartz from COMPONA AG

16 August 1985 — Thuring supplied 24 such circuit boards

8 October 1985  — MEBO placed an order with Thuring for 35 MST-13 circuit boards

5 November 1985 — Thuring supplied 34 such circuit boards

Fall of 1985 — The first five were delivered by Bollier to Said Rashid in Libya [Accepted but dubious]

8 November 1985 — Lumpert ordered 15 NYMPH quartz from COMPONA AG

November 1985 — The second five were delivered by Bollier to an individual at the Libyan people’s Bureau in East Berlin. [Accepted but dubious]

Late 1985/early 86 — The last ten were delivered to Ezzedin Hinshiri in Tripoli

Unknowns

Why is it that the exact dates of the MST-13 delivery could not be determined? Is Bollier the only Swiss businessman who does not keep a record of his travels? What about his travel agency?  The Lockerbie investigation/trial is the most expensive ever and the investigators could not even answer such a simple question? No Brownie points… That is — of course — utter nonsense.

When I pointed out the ‘mystery’ of the NYMPH Quartz, the owner of COMPONA AG was able to go back to the computer software his company was using in 1985 and — in less than 48 hours — this person was able to identify an encoding error. That is impressive but hardly surprising from a serious Swiss businessman.

Post Scriptum

On November 21 2018, I posted a piece regarding the mysterious story of the MEBO MST-13 timers which appeared in Togo during an attempted Coup in the fall of 1986. The story prompted a disturbing comment from Edwin Bollier.

I concluded the story with the following observation.

“People have noticed that MST-13 timers tend to appear wherever Herr Bollier — owner and founder of MEBO — was travelling.

In February 1988, he visited Tripoli and soon after that, a MST-13 timer was caught in Senegal in a suitcase ‘belonging’ to a Libyan agent.

In December 1988, Bollier travelled again to Tripoli and a couple of days later, PAN AM 103 exploded over Lockerbie, allegedly destroyed by a bomb activated by a MST-13 timer.

Here is a scoop. Just prior to the mysterious appearance of the MST-13 timers in Lomé, Herr Bollier had visited Togo… to enjoy a few days of vacation.

If the CIA wanted to frame Libya, Bollier was the perfect ‘target’ and PT/35(b) — the infamous fragment of a MST-13 timer found at Lockerbie — was the perfect ‘evidence’ to plant. I believe that this is exactly what happened.”

A few hours after publication of the post, Edwin Bollier posted the following comment:

“I, Edwin Bollier, have never visited TOGO !”

Intel Today immediately replied:

Here is what Herr Bollier said to the Lockerbie investigators:

“Ich war 1985 oder 1986 ferienhalber für eine Woche in Togo. Ein Kollege, FlugKapitän Rune Hjelmland bei der Swissair hatte seine letze flug.”

Translation:

“I was in Togo in 1985 or 1986 for a week of holiday. A colleague, flight captain Rune Hjelmland at Swissair, had his last flight.”

Memory troubles???

That comment seems to have jogged Bollier’s memory… and prompted a second comment.

“Your assessment is correct and I am convinced I was booked, on December 20, 1988 – without my knowledge – that I, together with Abdelbasset Al Megrahi with the same flight AirMalta 231, traveled to Malta and on 21, Dec from Malta to Zurich.

After that Edwin Bollier could brought to trial in Zeist together with Abdelbasset Al Megrahi; and not the station manager of the Libyan Arab Airway, Mr. Lamin Fhimah Khalifa!

Only an unexpected Swissair direct flight Tripoli to Zurich, on December 20, 1988, has saved me from a nasty politically indexed trap …

As you see me, I see my company MEBO Ltd, and me as an abused “Acteur” to connect between the attack on PanAm 103 Lockerbie and a questionably found MST 13 timer fragment (PT35) a network towards Libya!

This complicated, almost perfect planning process could only be carried out on an international, secret service level!”

REFERENCES

LUMPERT STATEMENTS

MST-13 and the NYMPH QUARTZ

MST-13 Circuit Diagram and Updates

K1 – CIA REPORT 1988. Full Report

Building the MST-13 Timers. Let’s get started!

Building the MST-13 Timers. The Thuring Boards

Building the MST-13 Timers. The NYMPH Quartz Mystery

Building the MST-13 Timers. Solving a 30 years Old Mystery.

Building the MST-13 Timers. Let’s keep going! (HEF 4521BT)

Building the MST-13 Timers. Buying the Capacitors.

Building the MST-13 Timers. Solving a 30 years Old Mystery. UPDATE. NEWS from Edwin Bollier (MEBO)

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MST-13 Timers Delivery Timeline

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MST-13 Timers: “History is the Lie Historians Agree upon.”

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SCCRC: Undisclosed protectively marked documents

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Lockerbie — MEBO TELECOM and the Story of the MST-13 Timers

Lockerbie 30th Anniversary — PT/35(b) : MEBO TELECOM and the Story of the MST-13 Timers

Lockerbie 30th Anniversary — PT/35(b) : MEBO TELECOM and the Story of the MST-13 Timers [UPDATE — Swiss Businessman Wants Intel Today Editor to Testify as Expert]

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2 Responses to Lockerbie 30th Anniversary — PT/35(b) : MEBO TELECOM and the Story of the MST-13 Timers [UPDATE — Swiss Businessman Wants Intel Today Editor to Testify as Expert]

  1. It is amazing how many facts and figures have been collected and published by IntelToday. IntelToday concludes that a fabricated MST-13 timer is involved in the Lockerbie case and not an MST-13 timer delivered by MEBO Ltd. to the Libyans.
    For the avoidance of any doubt, MEBO always was convinced that the allegedly found MST-13 fragment (PT35) in the Lockerbie area, did not derive from an MST-13 timer which MEBO delivered to Libya and that severe manipulations where involved.

    Some of the stories about MEBO owner Edwin Bollier, are deliberately made-up “fake news” or lies. It might be hard to believe but whether neither Erwin Meister nor Edwin Bollier worked for CIA or other agencies.
    MEBO did not export “embargo materials”.
    All shipments to the ‘Institut für Technische Untersuchung’ (ITU) at DDR, have always been documented by a Swiss export license.
    The then State Security Service “STASI” led the Supplier of MEBO Ltd, Edwin Bollier, under the pseudonym “Rubin”.
    Under Swiss law, it was perfectly legal at the time and many well-known companies in Switzerland made this sort of business. What was legal for Swiss companies would have been illegal for German companies.

    Most of the journalists overlooked this fact. MEBO, was heavily monitored by the Federal Police and in only three cases they refused an export license and you could find those items still on a shelve at the MEBO office in Zurich.
    Some missing stamps in the passport of business peoples were at the time common practise for certain destination. The travel agency was always the same and without doubt, monitored by the investigators.
    Repeat: Edwin Bollier, was never in Togo ! The investigators followed up even the dates of Edwin Bollier’s hair cut. No joke!

    The evidence fraud, short resolution:
    The first fragment of an MST13 timer (Circuit Board, PT35) allegedly found was made from a prototype MST13 timer which was sawn into two sections (PT35/a) and (DP31/a) at Siemens on 27 April 1990, on order from Scottish Police.
    Since no MST13 timers equipped with prototype circuit board were delivered to Libya, Libya could not be linked to this fragment in connection with bombing on PanAm 103.
    Therefore, on 6 June 1990, Scottish Police brought a similar MST13 timer fragment (PT35/b) fabricated from a pattern MST13 timer board (DP/347(a) to the FBI laboratory in Washington for forensic comparison with an MST13 timer (K’1) allegedly supplied to TOGO by Libya, or came from the material for the planned GDR Museum?

    Notabene: The MST13 timer obtained by the CIA, allegedly in TOGO, was probably a timer sold by MEBO Ltd, formerly the Libyan ‘Miliary Procurement’, or came from the GDR Museum? was a timer sold by MEBO AG, formerly the Libyan ‘Miliary Procurement’.
    Since this MST13 timer (K1) in TOGO, in forensic comparison with the new MST13 timer fragment (PT35/b) delivered by Scottish Police – logically, 100% in all parts – could be used to stage the “fiese” connection with Libya and the bombing on PanAm 103 … a fraud of evidence with a great impact…

    by PRIVAT INVESTIGATOR, FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE >
    Edwin & Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd Telecommunication Switzerland

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  2. Allan Croft says:

    The npyth crystal on the Togo timer was manufactured after the summer of 1986 owing to the npyth crystal was covered by a plastic cover as the factory installed the plastic cover machine owing to a possibility of a short circuit or earthing when the timer was switched on the Togo timer was a copy made from parts from Radio Shack the pure tin solder was manufactured in Taiwan for Radio Shack and only sold in Radio Shack in America Pt35B was made up of American glass cloth 7628 manafacterd by the Hexel CORPORATION OF Texas the only person who arrived in Lockerbie with aircraft parts from blown up aircraft was Walter Kosgaurd as addmited by him on national geographical channel and invited the AAIB to see them before going into the debris fields Tom Thurman was near the spot where the stringer was found problem there is it looks to me is that stringer looks like it was from a DC10

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