This is Lester K. Coleman III- once a devoted patriot and dedicated
servant of the US government. But just like so many other American citizens
he soon learned that patriotism isn't the same as love for his government.
In fact, today Lester Coleman is regarded by his once beloved government as a public enemy number 1. How and why does an American agent trade a dreamjob on the sunny island of Cyprus with a life as an international fugitive in Sweden and later as an inmate in an American state prison ???
For latest news update from and about Lester Coleman, proceed to end of page
Together with former New York Times Editor, Donald Goddard, Coleman
wrote a book about the Pan Am 103 and the drug trade connection of his
own government THE TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS. Just before it was to be published
in UK, Coleman was sued by the US government who also issued a warranty
for his arrest. The British publishers declined after this episode to publish
the book, and another publisher in the USA bought the rights - but also
this American publisher was sued by both government and private persons
not to publish the TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS. In the free Western world, censorship
is still alive and kicking!
Lester Coleman's biggest proof of how the bombing of Pan Am 103 was connected to US drug trade, is a copy from the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), a US Government entity that monitors (with NSA support) foreign communications traffic and puts out a daily classified summary for interagency consumption. Read it while you still can...
Lester Coleman's story of the downing of Pan Am 103 was investigated - not by FBI or the Scottish police - but by Pan Am Airlines themselves. They hired former security expert Yuval Aviv to make a report of Coleman's allegations. Yuval Aviv found Coleman´s story to be higly possible - and then he was sued and tried silenced as well...
It was claimed that Michael Hurley, a former DIA-agent and collegue of Coleman, paid for Coleman's legal defense. We don't know if this is true or not, but Hurley himself gave an interview regarding the Coleman-case already in 1995, where Hurley supported Coleman in the story of American drug trade practice.
Unsurprisingly, word of his return to the USA had leaked out. A short
while before finalising his flight plans he was attacked by four men and
beaten to a pulp. He arrived in the US in a wheelchair on 17 October 1996,
arrested and placed in custody on Federal charges. His book, due to be
published in the US had been now been suppressed. US distributors for Signet
Books, said the publication date was "indefinitely postponed" by a court
Together with drug abusers and hardcore criminals Coleman served awaited trial for months and months. His family was denied visiting hours, and Coleman himself was denied medical aid on several occasions. If died in jail, it would have solved many troubles for the US government. But Coleman was not easy to get rid of. The public kept a close eye on him through the help of his publishers.
Even former journalists who covered his story extensively, were shocked to hear about the tretment Coleman was going through in his prison cell in the US.
Even some of the relatives of the victims of Pan Am 103 became concerned:
Dr Jim Swire, the spokesman for British relatives of the Lockerbie victims, said he was disturbed at how the US authorities
were handling the case. "The gross maltreatment of Coleman by the American authorities appears to fit a pattern of the
victimisation of people who challenge the official version that Libya was solely to blame for Lockerbie," he said. American relatives didn't know what to think about the whole story. Was their own government indeed responsible for the death of their families and friends ?
Meanwhile the US government does its best to obstruct Lester from carrying on any normal life. He is not allowed to visit his old and sick mother in Alabama and his movement is legally restricted to take place only in the south of Kentucky.
Lester Coleman has to win the appeal trial in order to recapture his personal credibility and in order to shed some more light on the confusing investigation of the crash of Pan Am 103 - his lawyers have now found new evidence to support his claims of US Intelligence interference into the abuse of Pan Am 103 as drug carrier flight.
Important documents with reference to Kalid Nazir Jafaar have been obtained in discovery by lawyers representing Lester Coleman. This includes the official inventory and photocopies of all the effects found on Jafaar's body at the crash site. Other documents include copies of every page of the Lebanese passport found on Jafaar, and records of his USA citizenship. A careful study of the documents reveals that there seems to be more to Kalid Jafaar than the USA government has admitted after all.
Summary of evidence:
The only passport belonging to Jafaar recovered at the crash site is the Lebanese Passport No. 338471 issued to him 12 July, 1983. There is no record of his USA passport No. 022807773 issued to him June 24, 1988. The recovered Lebanese passport contains a USA B-2 multiple entry, non-immigrant visa issued July 18, 1988, American Embassy, Beirut. A careful study reveals that the B-2 visa was issued to Jafaar AFTER he became a naturalized USA citizen on February 29, 1988 and AFTER he obtained a valid USA passport June 24, 1988.
This raises a question that has never been raised in the past ten years.
WHY DID JAFAAR, A USA CITIZEN, OBTAIN A USA VISA ON HIS LEBANESE PASSPORT TO ENTER THE USA WHEN, AT THE TIME, HE HAD A VALID USA PASSPORT?
At the time this visa was issued ( July 18, 1988 ) (within days after the shootdown of the Iranian airbus by the Vincennes ) THE CONSULATE SECTION, USA EMBASSY BEIRUT WAS CLOSED. The only way Jafaar could have obtained a visa in Beirut is with high level US government assistance. Note: It is illegal for a USA citizen to enter the United States on a foreign passport.
In his declaration to obtain a USA passport, Jafaar stated he lived continually in the USA from 12/87 - 6/88 ( six months) USA Immigration regulations require an alien resident to live continually in the USA the previous year to be eligible for USA citizenship. Jafaar only resided in American for the previous 6 MONTHS!!!!
Jafaar worked as a delivery driver for Dominos Pizza in Dearborn, Michigan. Payroll records obtained from the FBI in discovery, show for the week of May 16, 1988 that he worked only 2.3 hours. Therefore there is no document to confirm his whereabouts the remainder of that month. He very well could have been in Cyprus as Coleman stated in his affidavit filed in the Pan Am civil case, that the government claims was false.
There is some probable cause to conclude that Kalid Jafaar had some affiliation with, and, or, close assistance from, US government agents in high places. Kalid's grandfather, Um Moostafa, says in the Maltese Double Cross film that Kalid's papers and transportation was arranged by the Americans. However, the US government sent Coleman to jail for saying just that.
There could be another reason for Khalid Jaafar's double passports. Middle Eastern citizens use this option regularly for problemless travel between the Mid East and USA. But the Jaafar-story does not end with that. He was seen escorted by Cyprus Police at arrival by a witness. Read this document, obtained from the Swedish Police:
Stay tuned for more information about Lester Coleman's appeal case, more evidence and news on this page!
01/01/2000 Lester Coleman is still in jail and has lost his lawyer. Bail is set to 10000 USD and his friends are fundraising to get the bail paid. They still need almost 5000 USD - and they don't accept checks !
Lester Colemans plea sent from prison to the public - read it on THIS website!
===========RUMOR MILL NEWS AGENCY=========== Dateline: March 12 ,2000 LES COLEMAN'S TRIAL STARTS MONDAY MARCH 13TH By Rayelan Allan -- RMNews Agency LEXINGTON, KY The long awaited trial of Les Coleman, begins tomorrow in Lexington, Kentucky. Coleman is the author of The Trail of the Octopus, the book that exposes the DEA's involvement in the bombing of Pan Am 103. Coleman is one of a long list of government whistle blowers who have been silenced by incarceration. The trial is expected to last two to three days. What are the charges? Mr. Coleman is being charged with fraud due to a check in the amount $1200.00 I wonder how much money the state of Kentucky will spend on this trial? The $1200.00 check was sent to Mr. Coleman so he could attend the Pan Am 103 trial in the Hague. It came through people who have connections to the Intelligence community. It was given to Coleman's landlady to pay the rent. It is now said to have been fraudulent Whether or not it is or was has not been proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. Back in 1989, when I married Gunther Russbacher, he was thrown in jail for one year due to "fraud". The two checks in question had already been paid by the bank. But he was held for one year due to this charge. He finally was forced to plead guilty and agree to a probation. When the CIA caused him to violate the terms of his probation, he was thrown in jail for 28 years. It took us four long and agonizing years to get him out of prison. What happened to Les Coleman is a typical way that the United States Government sidelines whistle blowers. If you live near Lexington and can attend the trial, please do so. It will be held at the Fayette County Court House 215 W. Main Room 2B Lexington, KY The presiding judge is Thomas Clark Les Coleman has a new lawyer who tells him that the State doesn't have a case. Gunther and I were told this also. However, if the court is a kangaroo court, it doesn't matter if the State doesn't have a case. Your prayers are needed. Les Coleman told the truth when he wrote the book, The Trail of the Octopus. He is being punished for being a whistle blower. Please do what you can to help. Just remember THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, GO I Television station WKYT CHANNEL 27 says they will cover the trial. In Gunther's case, all the television stations in St Louis were set to cover the trial, but at the last moment, they all backed out. These televisions stations need to know that this trial is important. Please contact them either by phone or by looking up their webpage: http://www.wkyt.com/ CBS.com There are also newspapers that need to be contacted: If Les is lucky and the verdict is NOT GUILTY then he is going to need a job. Before he was arrested, he was working as a Radio Talk Show host on WLXC 1300 in Lexington. His program was the Mid- Day Town Forum. It was the most popular show in the area. Les Coleman has a wife and children to support once he gets out. If you know a radio station that is brave enough to have Les Coleman as a radio host, please contact them. Lexington Contact: Bill Harrison 102 Lakawana Rd. Lexington, KY 40503 Or call: A. Ernest Fitzgerald 703.356. 7270 Les' Current Address: Lester K. Coleman 4B 200 Clark St Lexington, KY 40507 If you don't know who Les Coleman is, here are some articles and websites that will bring you up to speed: www.geocities.com/capitolhill/5260/lestercoleman (This page appears to have vanished) http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5260/news.html Pan Am 103 News from Les Coleman LESTER COLEMAN UPDATE-- CHARGES RAPIDLY CRUMBLING http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/config.pl?read=1771 TRAIL OF THE OCTOPUS http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/config.pl?read=1778 TRAIL OF OCTOPUS AUTHOR ADDRESSES TOWN MEETING http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/config.pl?read=1783 RMNews - A Please For Help From Lester Coleman http://rumormillnews.com/cole.htm RMNews - Political Prisoner's Children Are Missing Christmas - Please Help http://rumormillnews.com/prisoner.htm RMNews - CIA Classified Document Links Pan Am 103 Bomb to Iran http://rumormillnews.com/pam1.htm RMNews - American-British Version of Pan Am 103 Bombing Is Crumbling http://rumormillnews.com/pam.htm
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