Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gaddafi ‘ordered Lockerbie bombing’ claims former Justice Minister, Lockerbie comes back as a Holyrood Election issue, Labour Party exposed

Dear All

If I were to ask you do you think that justice is important in society, how would you answer?

I suspect that you would say that justice is important in society; it is the glue that binds us all together knowing that you have recourse to higher authority.

Things in Libya have thrown up a side issue in that fast moving and fluid situation, the Lockerbie Bombing.

Mustafa Abedel-Jalil, former justice minister has claimed that Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people.

He also claims to have evidence to support this claim, whether this evidence would stand the test of scrutiny we have no way of knowing at present.

Mustafa Abedel-Jalil who resigned on Monday amid violent clashes between protesters and security forces, said:

“I have proof that Gaddafi gave the order about Lockerbie.”

He added:

“To hide it, Gaddafi did everything in his power to get Megrahi back from Scotland.”

This seems plausible but it is still just speculation.

The revelations will cause fresh embarrassment for the Labour Party as this comes hot on the heels of leaked diplomatic cables and an official report that showed the former Labour government did “all it could” to help Libya secure the release of Megrahi.

Labour Ministers professed publicly that the decision on his future was the Scottish Government’s alone.

You cannot trust the Labour Party; they will lie, lie and lie again to the people.

The Scottish Government said yesterday it never doubted the safety of the conviction of Libyan Abdelbaset al Megrahi.

That statement is a bit of a stretch because the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Board raised questions about evidence used to convict Megrahi.

I campaigned to have Megrahi released from prison to have the best possible chance for his appeal, it was important that justice wasn’t just done; it had to be seen to be done.

To that end I joined emailed the Scottish Government for release on compassionate grounds during his appeal in June 2009, Megrahi was released on the 20th August 2009 on compassionate grounds and flown out of Scotland to Libya.

He is suffering from terminal prostate cancer.

Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer received a hero’s welcome after arriving in Tripoli.

The mystery that is Lockerbie continues.

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Murdo Fraser MSP said:

“Given the events of recent days many people will find this a disturbing but believable claim. If true, it makes all the more questionable the role of the last Labour government’s drive to do all it could to send Megrahi back to Tripoli.”

The Labour Government was prepared to do anything to ensure that they got trade deals for BP to exploit the oil in the region.

This is about 4% of the total world oil production, significant and profitable.

Pamela Dix, from the group UK Families Flight 103, who lost her brother Peter in the bombing, said of the latest development:

“If this is true, it is shocking. It really rocks to the core the way that the UK Government has dealt with the whole Lockerbie issue, which is to sweep it under the carpet. It is really incredible. I would be really interested to know what evidence he has got. Perhaps he is trying to ingratiate himself with the US.”

It seems that the Labour Party has a lot to answer for to the relatives of the victims and the people of Britain and the US.

Ms Dix is calling for a fresh investigation into the bombing in light of the claims.

She added:

“If he has really got evidence, the Crown Office in Scotland should investigate. If this is a lead, they should be following this up.”

Lisa Gibson, of Colorado Springs, who lost her brother Ken in the bombing, added:

“I’m not surprised for him to say that Gaddafi is responsible because, ultimately, we know that.”

On the other side of the coin, Saif Gaddafi, Colonel Gaddafi’s son, said on Monday that he believed Megrahi was innocent and that his release had no direct links with a trade deal.

He said:

“One day the whole world will discover the truth about Lockerbie. He (Megrahi) is a very sick man, he has cancer and is in a very serious condition and so it was really immoral for the people to be unhappy with his return to Libya.”

You could say that he has a vest interest.

One thing is certain, if Gaddafi did order the bombing of Flight 103, he has a date in a Scottish Court.

At present Mustafa Abedel-Jalil claims cannot be verified so until the Libyan crisis plays itself out to its endgame, this issue will have to remain on the back burner.

This will play really badly for the Labour Party at the Holyrood Election, the picture of Blair and Gaddafi hugging like old friends will focus the minds of voters on where the Labour Party’s loyalties lie.

With the rich and powerful!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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