Remembering French Investigative Journalist Pierre Péan (March 5 1938 – July 25 2019)

“It is striking to note the similarity of the ‘scientific’ evidence discovered by the FBI’s Tom Thurman in both the Lockerbie and UTA cases. Of the tens of thousands of pieces of debris collected at each disaster site, one lone piece of printed circuit was found and, miracle of miracles, in each case the fragment bore markings that allowed for positive identification: MEBO in the Lockerbie case and TY in the case of UTA Flight 772. Despite the common findings of the DCPJ, the DST and the Prefecture of Police crime laboratory, Judge Bruguière chose to believe Thurman, the expert in fabricating evidence.”

Pierre Péan — African Manipulations

July 25 2020 — Pierre Péan, one of the greatest French investigative journalists, died Thursday July 25 2019. He was 81. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

RELATED POST: On This Day — New York Times Admits Lockerbie Case Flaws (May 21 2012)

RELATED POST: Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Takes Many Secrets to His Grave

RELATED POST: On This Day — Lockerbie Key Witness Dies (October 29 2016)

RELATED POST: On This Day — Megrahi, Convicted in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing, Dies in Tripoli (May 20 2012)

RELATED POST: On This Day — Remembering UTA Flight 772 (September 19 1989)

Pierre Péan (5 March 1938 in Maine-et-Loire, France – 25 July 2019) was a French investigative journalist and author of many books concerned with political scandals. 

In Manipulations Africaines (African Manipulations), published in February 2001, Péan investigated the sabotage of UTA Flight 772.

He alleged that evidence pointed to Iran and Syria (acting through the Hezbollah movement), but that due to political context (notably the Gulf War), France and the United States tried to put the blame on Libya.

He accuses judge Jean-Louis Bruguière of deliberately neglecting proof of Lebanon, Syria and Iran being involved to pursue only the Libyan trail.

Péan also accused Thomas Thurman, a Federal Bureau of Investigation explosives expert, of fabricating false evidence against Libya in both the Pan Am Flight 103 and UTA Flight 772 sabotages.

French Hostages in Lebanon

While taking his instructions from President Diouf and Jean Collin, Senegalese religious leader Sheikh Zein was going in between the French and the Iranian leaders.

In January 1988, Zein visited President Khamenei in Tehran. French Minister Michel Aurillac visited Dakar (and Zein) in February.

In March, French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua came to Dakar where he stayed at the Presidential Palace and discussed the release of the hostages with Zein. The next month, Zein was in Paris.

In May 1988, the three French hostages (Kauffmann, Carton, Fontaine) were released.

On September 18 1989, a Lebanese newspaper published a letter from the kidnappers reminding Paris that the promises made during the negotiations had not been kept by the French.

The next day, a DC 10 (UTA 772) exploded…

And once again, FBI Thomas Thurman solved the case… thanks to a small fragment of an electronic timer pointing to Libya’s culpability.

A top French expert opined than that timer was so big that it would not even  fit in a suitcase!

Attentat de Lockerbie — Fausses pièces à conviction

Published on Aug 28, 2007 — Journal d’Arte du 28/08/2007 au sujet d’Ulrich Lumpert, un ingénieur suisse qui a travaillé pour un fabriquant d’armement affirme avoir livré lui même livré aux enquêteurs un détonateur dont les enquêteurs se seraient servi pour accuser la Libye.

Interview du journaliste Pierre Péan qui enquête depuis longtemps sur l’attentat de Lockerbie.


The writer and journalist-investigator Pierre Péan is dead –TellerReport


Obituary — French Investigative Journalist Pierre Péan Dies at 81

Remembering French Investigative Journalist Pierre Péan (March 5 1938 – July 25 2019)

This entry was posted in Obituary and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s