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  Lockerbie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lockerbie is a small town, with a population of just 4,009 at the 2001 census.
Lockerbie's town hall is the most dominating building in town, and is an excellent example of Scottish baronial style, built in the typical local red sandstone.
Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on December 21, 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 landed on the town as a result of a terrorist bomb.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lockerbie   (689 words)

  
 Remembering Pan Am Flight 103
Mention the word Lockerbie and most people are reminded of the ghastly images of the devastation flayed upon the village in December of 1988, when a bomb ripped apart the fuselage of Pan American Flight No. 103 or more often referred to as PanAm 103.
The report concludes that the Semtex bomb was attached to the inside of the aircraft in the cargo hold and was not concealed, as the prosecution case alleges, within a cassette player packed into a suitcase which was stored within a luggage container in the cargo hold.
It also says that if the bomb was held in a cassette player, in a suitcase and in a luggage container, the shockwave of the explosion would have been muffled by its surroundings and not being powerful enough to down the plane.
members.tripod.com /~bionicboy/tragedy.html   (18063 words)

  
 Statement by Dr. Hans Koechler, international observer of the International Progress Organization, nominated by the ...
In the course of the Lockerbie trial in the Netherlands, a large amount of evidence concerning the crime was either not available or was chosen not to be used either by the Prosecution or Defense (for reasons that were never disclosed).
It is further to be investigated why much of the forensic evidence (concerning the bomb’s timer, etc.) that was available at the time of the trial and appeal was never made use of by the Defense.
Already at the end of the Lockerbie trial in January 2001 and even more so during the appeal proceedings in 2001/2002 the impression prevailed that strictly judicial considerations (aimed at defining the criminal responsibility of the accused individuals sine ira et studio) were put aside in favour of political considerations.
i-p-o.org /koechler-lockerbie-statement-aug2003.htm   (1335 words)

  
 Lockerbie bombing inquiry
London - Relatives of the British victims of the 1988 mid-air Lockerbie bombing have used the 15th anniversary of the attack to urge Prime Minister Tony Blair to launch an independent inquiry.
The bombing killed 259 people on board Pan Am Flight 103 and 11 residents in the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
Following Tripoli's agreement to pay $2.7bn in compensation to relations of the Lockerbie victims, Libyan officials approached Britain in March over its weapons of mass destruction programmes, leading ultimately to the widely-hailed announcement on Friday that Libya was renouncing all chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
www.news24.com /News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1462104,00.html   (374 words)

  
 BBC - Spooks - Series 2, Episode 6 - Political Guide
It quickly became apparent that the explosion was caused by a bomb, and the police investigation became a murder enquiry.
The bomb was hidden in a tape-recorder, concealed in a suitcase in the hold.
Since the bomb on the Pan Am flight was identical to the one found in Germany, many people believe there was some kind of conspiracy at work, and the Libyans were used as scapegoats.
www.bbc.co.uk /drama/spooks/series2_pg_ep6.shtml   (613 words)

  
 Lockerbie [maltamedia.com]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Lockerbie tragedy which left 270 people dead after a Pan Am Boeing 747 airliner exploded in mid-air over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988 took the world’s news centre-stage on Wednesday as a panel of five Scottish judges started hearing an appeal of a Libyan that was convicted for the bombing last year.
A defence lawyer in the Lockerbie Trial on Thursday attacked the prosecution's case against two Libyans and insisted that there is no evidence that the bomb that brought down Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988 was made in Malta and then transferred to Frankfurt where it boarded the fatal flight.
However, Protheroe's witness shows that the bomb might not have left Malta, as it is being alleged, since the indications now show that the bomb exploded on the aeroplane and not in a luggage container.
www.maltamedia.com /news/lockerbie/lockerbie-news.shtml   (8766 words)

  
 Special report: Lockerbie | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
June 1 2004: The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has been granted leave to appeal against his 27-year sentence, it was announced yesterday.
March 31: Tony Blair has agreed to meet with the relatives of the Lockerbie bombing victims, after they complained he was only 'paying lip service' to their worries that the full story of the terrorist atrocity had yet to be uncovered.
November 25: The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing was told yesterday that he must spend at least 27 years in prison for his part in Britain's worst terrorist atrocity.
www.guardian.co.uk /Lockerbie/0,2759,431005,00.html   (518 words)

  
 The Zionist Bombing of Pan American Flight 103, Lockerbie, December 1988
The bombing of Pan American Flight 103 at Lockerbie in December 1988, was arguably one of the most successful false-flag 'fl' operations ever orchestrated by the Jewish State.
This was a potentially catastrophic admission for the team of prosecutors, who claim the bomb was concealed in a suitcase in a baggage container, at least 25 inches inboard of the fuselage skin.
The devices in question were free-fall bombs of the kind carried and dropped from the bomb bays or wing pylons of military aircraft.
www.vialls.com /zionist/lockerbie.html   (10843 words)

  
 Pan Am Flight 103 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Known as the Lockerbie bombing and the Lockerbie air disaster in the UK, it became the subject of Britain's largest criminal inquiry, led by its smallest police force, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
After the bombing, sources close to the investigation told journalists that a map had been found in Lockerbie showing the suspected locations of the hostages, as marked by McKee, though this discovery was not confirmed in court.
Fragments of a Samsonite suitcase believed to have contained the bomb were recovered, together with parts and pieces of circuit board identified as part of a Toshiba Bombeat radio cassette player, similar to that used to conceal a Semtex bomb seized by West German police from a Palestinian terror group two months earlier.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lockerbie_bombing   (6310 words)

  
 The Lockerbie Bombing and the USS Vincennes
Lurking behind all this is the theory that the suitcase containing the bomb was actually put aboard Pan Am 103 in Frankfurt by CIA operatives believing that the suitcase contained heroin; just another of their usual weekly shipments, part of their complex Middle Eastern spook operations.
Lockerbie farmer Jim Wilson found a suitcase full of cellophane packets containing white powder among the debris in his fields.
The vital evidence that linked the bombing of Pan Am 103 to Megrahi was a tiny fragment of circuit board which investigators found in a wooded area many miles from Lockerbie months after the atrocity.
www.serendipity.li /more/lockerb.htm   (1506 words)

  
 "Lockerbie Trial Document: Susan Lindauer Deposition" (4 December 1998)
While Dr. Fuisz is still unable to comment on this matter because of the gag order, MEIB has obtained a copy of a formal deposition filed by Lindauer in 1998 in which she recounts this conversation in detail.
Lindauer says that she has been subject to intense surveillance, threats, and attacks since she began meeting with Libyan officials in 1995 to discuss her knowledge of the Lockerbie bombing.
Then he jumped into the Lockerbie case by way of example of unsolved bombing cases that he said has the immediate capability to resolve.
www.meib.org /articles/0007_me2.htm   (1868 words)

  
 CNN.com - Libyan guilty of Lockerbie bombing - January 31, 2001
Moments after the verdicts were released, Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died in the bombing and who has been instrumental in leading the British campaign for justice, collapsed in court and was taken away by paramedics.
Prosecutors claimed that the bomb was loaded at Malta's Luqa airport onto an Air Malta flight for Frankfurt, West Germany.
Megrahi's counsel William Taylor said the prosecution had not proven its case that the bomb originated in Malta and that baggage security at Frankfurt airport was sloppier than at Luqa.
archives.cnn.com /2001/LAW/01/31/lockerbie.verdict.02/index.html   (1053 words)

  
 World: Lockerbie bombing trial opens
CAMP ZEIST, Netherlands (AP) - The trial of two Libyans accused in the Lockerbie bombing opened Wednesday after 12 years of diplomatic wrangling and painstaking investigations, with victims' relatives here and across the Atlantic watching a video showing the final seconds of Pan Am Flight 103.
In their statement, defense lawyers said they will seek to exculpate their clients by presenting evidence suggesting the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 was the work of two militant groups: the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and the Palestine Popular Struggle Front.
Lockerbie investigators looked at the groups in the early stages of the probe and concluded that there was not enough evidence to implicate them.
www.seacoastonline.com /2000news/5_4_w2.htm   (921 words)

  
 RTE News - Defence lawyers accuse Palestinians of Lockerbie bombing
The lawyers have been making their opening submissions at the trial of two Libyans accused of the bombing, in which 270 people were killed.
The Crown Prosecution alleges that Abdelbaset Al Magrahi, and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, are agents of the Libyan Intelligence Services and were part of a conspiracy from January 1985 to December 1988 to commit acts of terrorism, in particular, the bombing of a civilian aircraft and the murder of its' passengers and crew.
The Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has rejected a suggestion that the two alleged Libyan agents accused of the bombing were acting under his orders.
www.rte.ie /news/2000/0503/lockerbie.html   (463 words)

  
 Lockerbie Verdict Vindicates Continued Sanctions Against Libya
The United States should move to re-impose the suspended U.N. sanctions, maintain U.S. sanctions, continue investigating the bombing, and reserve the right to use military force in retaliation for any state-sponsored terrorism such as the Lockerbie bombing.
The Lockerbie trial has exposed the shortcomings of treating state-sponsored terrorism as a criminal act perpetrated by individuals rather than as a political act perpetrated by a state.
The Lockerbie bombing cannot be dismissed as the criminal act of an individual.
www.heritage.org /Research/Africa/EM718.cfm   (939 words)

  
 CNNfyi.com - Defense rests in Lockerbie bombing case - January 11, 2001
CAMP ZEIST, Netherlands -- Attorneys for two Libyan men accused of planting the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 argued Thursday that the prosecution failed to prove that they were responsible for the December 21, 1988, blast that killed 270 people.
They allege that the defendants put a bomb in a suitcase and loaded it on a plane bound for Frankfurt, Germany.
The bomb exploded shortly after the plane took off from London, killing the 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground.
cnnstudentnews.cnn.com /2001/fyi/news/01/11/lockerbie.trial   (505 words)

  
 BBC News | WORLD | Libyan guilty of Lockerbie bombing
One of the two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing has been jailed for life for murdering all 259 people on the plane and another 11 who died on the ground.
They said extremists carried out the bombing, probably on behalf of Iran in revenge for the shooting down of an Iranian civilian Airbus earlier in 1988 by the American warship USS Vincennes.
Relatives of those who died insist that the trial was only the beginning in their quest to uncover the truth behind the bombing.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/1144893.stm   (1160 words)

  
 "The Lockerbie Bombing Trial: Is Libya Being Framed?" (June 2000)
The investigation into the bombing by Scottish police and the FBI initially focused exclusively on evidence linking the blast to the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a radical Palestinian group closely allied with Syrian President Hafez Assad and other senior officials.
Moreover, according to a forensic report which the defense will present during the trial, a bomb in a suitcase stored in the aluminum luggage containers could not have created the dinner plate-sized hole in the fuselage that brought down the plane--the bomb would have had to be directly next to the plane's fuselage.
This and most other evidence linking the Lockerbie bombing to the PFLP-GC is largely circumstantial and difficult to substantiate, if only because the results of the FBI's early investigation into its involvement were not made public.
www.meib.org /articles/0006_me1.htm   (1400 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | In Depth | Lockerbie Trial
The decision to allow the BBC to televise and stream the Lockerbie appeal is hailed as an "important step" by a legal expert.
The probe into the Lockerbie bombing required luck before an incredible forensic investigation could begin to point the finger of suspicion.
These are the Scottish judges who decided the guilt and innocence of the two Lockerbie accused.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/in_depth/scotland/2000/lockerbie_trial/default.stm   (118 words)

  
 index
WHY, in all of that forensic scientist's Lockerbie notebooks, was the page recording the the only fragment of the bomb ever found manually inserted, and all subsequent pages re-numbered by hand?
Dr Jim Swire and co-author Peter Biddulph trace the history of Lockerbie in the context of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Iraq.
In a careful analysis of the trial and the strange events across two continents that surrounded it, the authors allow the witnesses to speak for themselves and the reader and the world to be the judge and jury.
www.lockerbietruth.com   (566 words)

  
 Pan-American 103 15th Anniversary Marked At Arlington National Cemetery
Relatives of those killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing insisted at a memorial marking the 15th anniversary of the attack they were not satisfied with Libya's cooperation in spite of hopeful developments in the past year.
Some 250 people, including victims' relatives and diplomats from countries which lost nationals in the bombing, gathered at the Scottish cairn erected at the cemetery in 1995 to honor the victims.
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, who was 17 when her father, Frank Ciulla, died in the bombing, said she that after his death, she was obsessed with how she would sustain his memory.
www.arlingtoncemetery.net /lockerbie-anniversary-2003.htm   (1248 words)

  
 Was Iran Behind Lockerbie? -- 04/06/1999
Within weeks of the Lockerbie disaster, Middle Eastern experts were unambiguously blaming Iran, whom they said paid a cash-strapped Syrian-based PLO offshoot, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) to carry out the attack.
According to U.S. and British investigators, the bomb was in an unaccompanied bag that was checked on to an Air Malta flight to Frankfurt on December 21, 1988.
"It is generally believed that the bombing attack was carried out in retaliation for the accidental downing by an American naval cruiser of an Iranian airliner over the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1988, and that it was but one in a series of attacks planned by the organization at the behest of Iran.
www.conservativenews.net /InDepth/archive/199904/IND19990406d.html   (853 words)

  
 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Libyan prime minister denies guilt in Lockerbie bombing
LONDON –; Libya's decision to pay compensation for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland was not an admission of guilt, the Libyan prime minister said in an interview broadcast Tuesday.
Libya said it "accepts responsibility for the actions of its officials," one of whom was convicted of the bombing.
Relations between the two countries have been bedeviled in recent decades by the Lockerbie bombing, and by the 1984 killing of British policewoman Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20040224-0358-britain-libya.html   (685 words)

  
 Aide says Nidal confessed to Lockerbie bombing | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
The Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal admitted to a meeting of his most trusted colleagues that he was behind the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing and the culprits were not Libyans, it is claimed today in a leading Arabic newspaper.
The Lockerbie disaster happened when a New York-bound Pan Am plane blew up over the town in Scotland, in December 1988, killing 259 passengers and crew, and 11 local residents.
He was put under house arrest when Libya's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, came under pressure to crack down on militants after the Lockerbie bombing.
www.guardian.co.uk /Lockerbie/Story/0,2763,779443,00.html   (493 words)

  
 Pan Am 103: Iranian defector alleges Tehran linked to Lockerbie bombing
The broadcast contained an interview with "60 Minutes" associate producer Roya Hakakian, who related her discussion with Iranian defector Ahmad Behbahani in which he claimed the bombing, over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, was in retaliation for the shooting down of an IranAir airbus five months previously by the US.
It is possible that Behbahani's version of the bombing, as reported, jointly implicating the Libyan government, might account for Albright's mild response.
Some commentators on the Lockerbie bombing have long assumed that Iran and the PFLP-GC were involved to some degree.
www.wsws.org /articles/2000/jun2000/lock-j15.shtml   (773 words)

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