Wednesday 21 March 2018

Egyptian prime suspect for Lockerbie bomb -- new report

The scene of the Lockerbie crash 25 years ago
The scene of the Lockerbie crash 25 years ago
Lockerbie crash 25 years ago.

Ian Johnston

An Egyptian terrorist should be considered as a prime suspect in the Lockerbie bombing, according to a report by two leading investigators.

Evidence used to convict Libyan agent Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was faked and police may have been misled by a member of the US secret services, the investigators allege. Their report instead blames Mohammed Abu Talb, a terrorist with links to Palestinian militant groups, who is currently living in Sweden.

Megrahi was given a life sentence for the bombing in 2001. He was released eight years later by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds as he had terminal cancer, and died last year.

The 'Operation Bird' report -- by Jessica de Grazia, former chief assistant district attorney in New York, and Philip Corbett, a former police officer and ex-security advisor to the Bank of England -- concluded Talb had bribed a worker at Heathrow to smuggle the suitcase containing the bomb on to the flight.

A Scottish government spokeswoman said Megrahi's relatives could ask for a posthumous appeal, "which ministers would be entirely comfortable with". (© Independent News Service)

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