Letters editor, the Guardian: not sent to any other paper




As reported in your sister paper the Observer today, there are major difficulties over the conviction of the Linyan intelligence agent Abdu Basset Al Megrhi for the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.


The Thatcher government of the day handed management of the case over to the Scots.


Surely a poisoned chalice if ever there was one.


The evidence led in court convinced me and many impartial observers that far from being guilty, Megrahi was a scapegoat, probably to protect Iran and Syria, useful at the time to the US/UK in the context of hostages and fighting of the first gulf war.


It appeared that the highly circumstantial Crown Case had been supported by deliberately fabricated evidence which almost certainly originated from the intelligence services of the US.


The UK having refused all our pleas for an independent and full inquiry into all aspects of the disaster, including the failure to prevent it in the first place, it may now emerge that we have a common interest with Scottish authorities, in trying to establish the real truth, at least about the processes of 'justice' which followed in the court at Zeist.



Sadly more recent events have opened many eyes to the penalties of blindly following the lead of the USA.


Dr Jim Swire, father of Flora, murdered at Lockerbie.


Rowans Corner, Calf Lane Chipping Campden GL55 6JQ 01386 849 112 or at present 07768 571 917




Dr Jim Swire (jim@swirefamily.net)