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‘Iran Ordered Lockerbie Bombing’, Claims Ex-Iranian Intelligence Officer

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/iran-ordered-lockerbie-bombing-claims-exintelligence-officer-9182907.html

Iran ordered the Lockerbie bombing in revenge for the accidental shooting down of an Iranian passenger jet by a US navy ship, according to a former Iranian intelligence officer who defected to Germany.

An al-Jazeera documentary, Lockerbie: What Really Happened?, claims the attack was carried out on Tehran’s behalf by the Syrian-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.

It also says that the bomb was planted on Pan Am flight 103 at Heathrow Airport, not at Malta as suggested during the trial that convicted Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Megrahi, the only person convicted in relation to the attack, was jailed for life over the deaths of 270 people in the plane and on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland. However he was released by the Scottish Government after eight years on compassionate grounds because he had terminal cancer.

The Iranian intelligence officer, Abolghassem Mesbahi, told the programme that Iran had decided to “retaliate as soon as possible” after Iran Air flight 655 was shot down by the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf in July 1988 with the loss of 290 lives. The Lockerbie bombing happened in December of that year.

“The decision was made by the whole system in Iran and confirmed by Ayatollah Khomeini,” he said.

“The target of the Iranian decision-makers was to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian Airbus. Everything exactly the same, minimum 290 people dead.”

Amazing that they managed to hit an aircraft with exactly the right number of people onboard.

Although has there ever been a good explanation about how hi-tech radar confused a passenger airline with an imminent threat?

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Amazing that they managed to hit an aircraft with exactly the right number of people onboard.

It's difficult to see how the (alleged) FBI/CIA shenanigans with the alleged bomb switch fragment would fit in with the claim that Iran did it...

A circuit board fragment, allegedly found embedded in a piece of charred material, was identified as part of an electronic timer similar to one found on a Libyan intelligence agent who had been arrested 10 months previously for carrying materials for a Semtex bomb. The timer was allegedly traced through its Swiss manufacturer, Mebo, to the Libyan military, and Mebo employee Ulrich Lumpert identified the fragment at al-Megrahi's trial. Mebo's owner, Edwin Bollier, testified at the trial that the Scottish police had originally shown him a fragment of a brown 8-ply circuit board from a prototype timer which had never been supplied to Libya. Yet the sample he was asked to identify at the trial was a green 9-ply circuit board that Mebo had indeed supplied to Libya. Bollier wanted to pursue this discrepancy, but was told by trial judge Lord Sutherland that he could not do so.[53] Bollier later revealed that in 1991 he had declined an offer of $4 million from the FBI[citation needed] to testify that the fragment was part of a Mebo MST-13 timer supplied to Libya. On 18 July 2007, Ulrich Lumpert admitted he had lied at the trial.[54] In an affidavit before a Zurich notary public, Lumpert stated that he had stolen a prototype MST-13 printed circuit board from Mebo and gave it without permission on 22 June 1989, to "an official person investigating the Lockerbie case".[55] Dr Hans Köchler, a UN observer at the Lockerbie trial who received a copy of Lumpert's affidavit, said: "The Scottish authorities are now obliged to investigate this situation. Not only has Mr Lumpert admitted to stealing a sample of the timer, but to the fact he gave it to an official and then lied in court." Traces of high explosives RDX and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) were found in proximity to the explosion.

cf: http://www.exaronews.com/articles/4940/police-in-scotland-launch-probe-into-conduct-of-lockerbie-case

Although has there ever been a good explanation about how hi-tech radar confused a passenger airline with an imminent threat?

Still, it was worth a few medals nevertheless

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It's difficult to see how the (alleged) FBI/CIA shenanigans with the alleged bomb switch fragment would fit in with the claim that Iran did it...

I thought the point was that they covered up Iran's involvement to avoid antagonising Syria.

Also presumably a revenge attack for the Persian Gulf airline disaster would've been hugely embarrasing for the US.

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I thought the point was that they covered up Iran's involvement to avoid antagonising Syria.

Also presumably a revenge attack for the Persian Gulf airline disaster would've been hugely embarrasing for the US.

Fair point, you can thread a plausible narrative through this.

If (big if) it ever turned out that US officials did introduce evidence to the Lockerbie crime scene that, regardless of the motives, would also be a tad embarrassing.

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Syrian-based Popular Front?

Are you absolutely sure that it wasn't the Popular Front of Syria?

don't confuse it with the Assyrian People's Front, which is based over the border in Iraq's Anbhar province.

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don't confuse it with the Assyrian People's Front, which is based over the border in Iraq's Anbhar province.

are they linked with the peoples popular front of assyria or a splinter faction?

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