David Icke has said all along that neither Megrahi nor Libya were involved in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and that Megrahi was only released on condition that he dropped an appeal that was destined to reveal how American intelligence orchestrated events and paid crucial witnesses to lie to secure Megrahi's conviction and hide the real perpetrators.
Editors note: Megrahi was convicted on 1 piece of evidence alone - evidence by a shop owner that he bought a shirt in Malta that was used to bundle the bomb in. The witness testimony was abstract at best and later it emerged that he had been paid
Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The case against the two defendants rested primarily on three points:
- that the bomb timer used was from a batch sold by a Swiss firm, Mebo AG to Libya;
- a former colleague in the Libyan Airlines office in Malta, Abdulmajid Gialka, who was due to testify that he had seen the construction of the bomb, or at least its loading onto the plane at Frankfurt;
- that the clothes identified as having been in the bomb suitcase had been bought by the defendant Megrahi at a shop in Malta.
- Edwin Bollier, the co-founder of the Swiss manufacturer of the timer, testified that he had sold similar timers to East Germany, and admitted having connections to a number of intelligence agencies, including both the Libyans and the CIA.
- Gialka, by the time of the trial was living under the Witness Protection Program in the US, had connections with the CIA prior to 1988, and stood to collect up to $4m in reward money following a conviction.
- Tony Gauci, the Maltese shopkeeper, failed to positively identify Megrahi in nineteen separate pre-trial statements to the police. In court, Gauci was asked five times if he recognised anyone in the courtroom, without replying. Only when the prosecutor pointed to Megrahi did Gauci say that "he resembles him". On a previous occasion Gauci had identified Abu Talb (who the defence contended was the real bomber) saying that Talb resembled the customer "a lot". Gauci's police statements identified the customer as over 6 feet tall and over 50 years of age; Megrahi is 5 feet 8 inches, and in late 1988 was 36.
- The clothes purchase took place on either 23 November or 7 December 1988; Megrahi was only in Malta on 7 December. Gauci recalled the customer also buying an umbrella due to the rain. The defence argued, using meteorological records, that it rained all day on 23 November, but only briefly or not at all on 7 December.
Tony Gauci payments
Tony Gauci - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Gauci's $2 million "reward"
In October 2007, it was reported that Gauci received a $2 million reward for testifying against Megrahi at the Lockerbie trial.
In 2008 the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC Ref 23:19) found that US$2 million had been paid to Tony Gauci and US$1 million to Paul Gauci under the US Department of Justice "Rewards for Justice" programme.
The newspaper Malta Today ran an article on Gauci in May 2009 quoting Gauci's brother Paul as complaining that their lives had become “intolerable” amid growing interest by the press and repeating "the popular claim that Gauci was planning a move to Australia with his brother". In August 2009, the BBC reported that Mr Gauci was now living in Australia.
THE WORLD FAMOUS TIMER
Vital Lockerbie evidence 'was tampered with' - News - Mail & Guardian Online: The key piece of material evidence used by prosecutors to implicate Libya in the Lockerbie bombing has emerged as a probable fake.
Nearly two decades after Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Scotland on December 21 1988, allegations of international political intrigue and shoddy investigative work are being levelled at the British government, the FBI and the Scottish police as one of the crucial witnesses, Swiss engineer Ulrich Lumpert, has apparently confessed that he lied about the origins of a crucial "timer" -- evidence that helped tie the man convicted of the bombing to the crime.
Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked - Top stories - Scotsman.com: "He(anonymous witness) has confirmed that parts of the case were fabricated and that evidence was planted. At first he requested anonymity, but has backed down and will be identified if and when the case returns to the appeal court."
The Lockerbie Case: The Lumpert Affidavit: The Lumpert Affidavit
Ulrich Lumpert, an engineer at one time employed by MEBO in Zurich, gave evidence at the Lockerbie trial that a fragment of circuit board allegedly found amongst the aircraft debris (and which was absolutely crucial to the prosecution contention that the bomb which destroyed Pan Am 103 was linked to Libya) was part of an operative MST-13 timer manufactured by MEBO. In an affidavit sworn in Switzerland in July 2007 (available on the website www.lockerbie.ch) Lumpert now states that the fragment produced in court was in fact part of a non-operational demonstration circuit board that he himself had removed from the premises of MEBO and had handed over to a Lockerbie investigator on 22 June 1989 (six months AFTER the destruction of Pan Am 103).