Monday, August 29, 2011

Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi: an innocent man lies dying in Tripoli

Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi: many of our informed senior politicians know him to be innocent as do many of our informed journalists and editors and lawyers - but they choose to say something else in public. Sadly, many of the poorly informed relatives of Lockerbie victims and many US right-wingers, including a fool with a 'tache, actually believe him to be guilty.

Every time a UK newspaper or other news outlet writes another ridiculous story about al-Megrahi's 'guilt', it lets down itself, journalism, the truth.

In 2004, Private Eye's investigative reporter, the late Paul Foot, wrote in the Guardian: ...'The Lockerbie bombing was carried out not by Libyans at all but by terrorists based in Syria and hired by Iran to avenge the shooting down in the summer of 1988 of an Iranian civil airliner by a US warship. This was the line followed by both British and US police and intelligence investigators after Lockerbie. Through favoured newspapers like the Sunday Times, the investigators named the suspects - some of whom had been found with home-made bombs similar to the one used at Lockerbie.' He concluded: 'It follows... that Megrahi is innocent of the Lockerbie bombing and his conviction is the last in the long line of British judges' miscarriages of criminal justice.'

If you're still interested, read the entire piece. Click here.

Also, I suggest you follow the blog of Professor Robert Black QC, The Lockerbie Case: '[Black] is often referred to as the architect of the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.' His book Lockerbie and the Trials of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi is due out next year.

Al-Megrahi's website: http://www.megrahimystory.net/.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Libyans admitted responsibility. Grow up

Anonymous said...

Paul Foot was one of the most prejudiced people ever to walk the earth

Madame Arcati said...

Another one born yesterday.

Madame Arcati said...

Unlike yourself, the very model of impartiality. Now, back to your Telegraph script.

Anonymous said...

This isn't you, dear

Madame Arcati said...

Then you're unfamiliar with this site, as with other matters.

Oscar said...

Yes Paul Foot was prejudiced : he insisted on the truth.

Madame Arcati said...

Absolutely right. He was the classic truth-teller, ruthlessly so; not content to accept the rubbish our newspapers churn from government media PRs.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Colonel Gaddaffi and his gang were lovely people

Madame Arcati said...

Gaddafi awful so Megrahi guilty - you're plainly out of your comfort zone.

Louis Barfe said...

Al-Megrahi's conviction was, at best, unsafe. At worst, it was deliberate scapegoating of an innocent man. Paul Foot, as was so often the case, had it right.