Lockerbie — Newly Declassified Doc Reveals True Reason of Trial

“His [Gaddafi] readiness to suffer the extended effects of sanctions rather than to hand over the indictees indicated that he must have something personal to fear. But the present strategy would not only call any bluff on his part but could be a step towards the prosecution of Libya before the International Court of Justice.”

Cabinet Meeting Conclusion (23 July 1998)

December 30 2021 — A document released today reveals why Tony Blair finally accepted the idea of a trial in a neutral country. Basically, Blair thought that Gaddafi was bluffing and would never hand over the two Libyans. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!

QUICK NOTE — To make it easier for the readers to retrieve various chapters of my book, I have created a special page  “Lockerbie” where all the links to the chapters will be listed with a brief description. You can access that page directly as it appears at the far right of the top bar of this blog.

Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!

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Madeleine Albright & Lockerbie

On August 24 1998, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said it was time for Libya to turn its promises into deeds and surrender the “Lockerbie suspects” for trial immediately.

Secretary Albright then emphasized that the proposed plan was not negotiable.

“Let me be clear. The plan the US and the UK are putting forward is a ‘take it or leave it’ proposition.

It is not subject to negotiation or change.

Nor should it be subject to additional foot-dragging or delay.

We are ready to begin such a trial as soon as Libya turns over the suspects.

We expect — and the families deserve — an immediate answer.”

On August 28 1998, Colonel Gaddafi stated that he had no objections to handing over the two Lockerbie bombing suspects for trial in the Netherlands.

On March 19 1999, Nelson Mandela went to Tripoli to speak with Colonel Gaddafi with special UN permission.

Mandela announced that the Lockerbie suspects will be surrendered on or before April 6 1999.

On April 5 1999, the suspects were indeed taken into Dutch custody after flying from Tripoli to an airbase near The Hague and formally charged with the Lockerbie bombing.

Under Scots law, the accused must be brought to trial within 110 days. Lord Sutherland twice agreed 110-days extensions.

When the trial date finally approached (May 2000), Lord Advocate Colin Boyd applied for a further extension… on ground that the prosecution needed time to interview witnesses!

Obviously, the prosecutors were not that “ready to begin such a trial as soon as Libya turns over the suspects.”

“So many Americans and other nationals died in that terrible, terrible accident.”

Madeleine Albright (Aug. 2009)

REFERENCES

The National Archives

Title: Conclusions of Cabinet Meetings 21-37. (Described at item level)
Item number: 5323011
Catalogue reference: CAB 128/124

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Lockerbie — Newly Declassified Doc Reveals True Reason of Trial

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