February 11 2023 — At a Downing Street meeting in April 2001, Mandela told Tony Blair it was “wrong to hold Libya legally responsible for the Lockerbie bombing.” Mandela surely understood the difference between personal responsibility and state responsibility. So I always doubted very much that he would have made such a statement if he had really believed that Megrahi (and Libya) was actually responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Do you seriously think Mandela would have visited Megrahi in prison if he had believed that Megrahi was a terrorist? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!
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Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!
On December 30 2022, the [UK] National Archives released Cabinet Office files (PREM 49) covering the period 2000-2002.
The newly released files shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Tony Blair’s leadership, including file PREM 49/1811 DISASTERS.
Policy: part 4. This file contains a variety of letters of condolence from across the world, following the Paddington Rail Disaster and the Selby Rail Disaster. Material relating to discussions between the Prime Minister and Nelson Mandela about the Lockerbie bombing is also covered.
In the piece published in the Guardian — Blair government had misgivings about Mandela mediation role over Lockerbie — the following paragraphs got my attention.
At a Downing Street meeting in April 2001, the former South African leader told Tony Blair it was “wrong to hold Libya legally responsible for the Lockerbie bombing”, and against public international law, despite the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in January 2001 after a trial in the Netherlands.
Blair’s foreign policy adviser, John Sawers, later head of MI6.wrote that the crucial point was Libyan acceptance of responsibility. “We might even be able to use Mandela back against [Gaddafi] if the Libyan’s reject a reasonable offer,” he concluded.
In a briefing note to Sawers, Mark Sedwill, the private secretary to the foreign secretary, Robin Cook, wrote: “Mandela is, at best, suffering from selective memory and a basic misunderstanding of international law.”
Well, this is unfortunately NOT news! A few days after the verdict, Mandela said publicly:
“The condition that Qadhafi must accept responsibility for Lockerbie is totally unacceptable. As President [of South Africa] for five years I know that my intelligence services many times didn’t inform me before they took action. Sometimes I approved, sometimes I reprimanded them. Unless it’s clear that Qadhafi was involved in giving orders, it’s unfair to act on that basis.”
Mandela surely understood the difference between personal responsibility and state responsibility. So I always doubted very much that he would have made such a statement if he had really believed that Megrahi (and Libya) was actually responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Do you seriously think Mandela would have visited Megrahi in prison?
Well, here is the bit that The Guardian does not want you to know. Mandela did not think that the opinion of the Lockerbie judges was logical.
Once again, Mandela was absolutely right. Let me remind you what the Libyan defector [Majid] actually said at the trial. [Opinion of the court, 43]
“In July 1991 Abdul Majid told investigators that he had seen the first accused and the second accused arriving at Luqa off the Tripoli flight some time between October and December 1988. This comparatively innocuous statement gradually enlarged until by the time he gave evidence he said that he saw them at the luggage carousel, that the second accused collected a brown Samsonite type suitcase which he took through Customs, that then he met the two accused who were accompanied by two other people one of whom was introduced to him by the first accused as Abougela Masoud, a technician, that Vincent Vassallo (an associate of the second accused) was also present having arrived in the second accused’s new car, and that they then drove off. As other evidence established that the date of delivery of the second accused’s car was 14 December 1988, it follows that if Abdul Majid’s story is true this incident must have occurred on 20 December.”
This account is pure fiction. I am 100% certain that this event NEVER occurred! First thing first. It has been established that Mr Vassallo was not at the airport on 20 December 1988.
Next, Majid testified that Megrahi introduced him to Abougela Masoud during that evening. However, during his debriefing in 1991, Majid told the FBI agents that he did not know who Abougela Masoud was!
Majid claimed that he had told his CIA handlers about this incident at the time. The CIA cables for this period disclose no mention of this incident at all.
According to Giaka, Megrahi arrived in Malta with the infamous brown Samsonite suitcase on December 20 1988.
Actually, Giaka never reported this event to his CIA’s handler because he never witnessed it. At the time of Megrahi’s arrival at Luqa airport, Giaka was in a CIA safe house meeting his handlers.
The CIA knew that Giaka could not have witnessed the arrival of Megrahi in the afternoon but, of course, they never told the FBI. Surprisingly, the Bureau never asked. Why not?
Question — If it is ever proven — as I am absolutely convinced — that the CIA planted PT/35(b) at Lockerbie to incriminate Libya, do you think for a moment that the US Government will accept full responsibility for the acts and omissions of its officials, and agencies (CIA and FBI)?
Nelson Mandela: CIA tip-off led to 1962 Durban arrest — BBC News
Mandela & Lockerbie : What The Guardian does not want you to know
Rogue agents eh? Novichok springs to mind.
However, when I first read Mandela’s claim, I wondered if it was perhaps an admittance it may have been on of his own. You can understand his claim in more than one way.
Mandela’s past with terrorist activities associated with himself could make it hard to determine. Although his position sought to use bombing as a means to combat apartheid, he made it clear no humans were to be killed.
Was there not a claim made by Oswald Lewinter regarding South African passengers and the Lockerbie flight?