by Dr Morag Kerr
ON the eve of the 27th anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster investigators have been invited to go to Libya and question two further suspects.
The invitation was made by the self-declared National Salvation government which controls the Libyan capital of Tripoli even though is not recognised by the international community.
The move followed an announcement by Crown Office in Edinburgh that the Lord Advocate and the US Attorney General had recently agreed to treat two Libyans as suspects in the bombing of flight Pan Am 103.
The Lord Advocate issued an International Letter of Request to the Libyan Attorney General in Tripoli seeking the assistance for Scottish police officers and the FBI to interview the two named suspects in Tripoli.
The individuals were not officially named but it is understood they are Abdullah Senussi and Abu Agila Mas’ud.
“The two individuals are suspected of involvement, along with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, in the bombing of flight Pan Am 103 in December 1988 and the murder of 270 people,” said a spokesman for the Crown Office.
Pan Am 103 was on its way from London to New York on December 21, 1988 when it exploded above the border town killing everyone onboard and 11 residents of Lockerbie on the ground.
Dr Morag Kerr, author of the book ‘Adequately Explained by Stupidity?’ which puts forward evidence that the Lockerbie bomb started its journey at Heathrow airport, not Malta, said the request to interview the two men in Libya was a distraction.
“These men were known to the police back in 1991 but were never charged. Any evidence linking them to Lockerbie is based on the original case used to convict Megrahi himself – a case which has since been utterly discredited,” said Dr Kerr.
“Megrahi’s guilt is very much disputed. Serious doubts have been expressed ever since his conviction, and recent developments have essentially destroyed the case against him.”
A Police Scotland investigation into serious allegations of misconduct in both the original inquiry and the later legal proceedings is expected to report by the end of the year.
Starting in December iScot magazine will feature the first in a major series of articles exploring the evidence and myths surrounding the Lockerbie investigation, and how red-herrings, blind alleys and missed opportunities may even have led to a miscarriage of justice.