Ex-minister claims Gaddafi personally ordered Lockerbie bombing

By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:09 EDT
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A Swedish newspaper has quoted one of Libya’s former ministers as saying he had proof that leader Muammar Gaddafi ordered the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.

“I have evidence that Gaddafi ordered the Lockerbie attack,” former Libyan justice minister Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil told the Swedish newspaper Expressen Wednesday.

Abdel-Jalil reportedly said that Gaddafi gave orders directly to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the bombing.

“To hide this, he did everything in his power to get Megrahi back from Scotland,” the paper quoted Abdel-Jalil as saying.

In 2009, al-Megrahi, who is still alive, was released and returned to Libya on the grounds that he would soon die of prostate cancer.

Last last year, leaked US State Department cables showed that al-Megrahi was released following threats to British business interest.

Libyan officials warned that “consequences for the UK-Libya bilateral relationship would be ‘dire’ were al-Megrahi to die in Scottish prison,” one leaked cable noted. “Specific threats have included the immediate cessation of all UK commercial activity in Libya, a diminishment or severing of political ties and demonstrations against official UK facilities.”

In addition, General Gaddifi’s son “linked Megrahi’s release to UK business contracts, asserting that Megrahi’s case was raised during all negotiations of UK-Libya commercial, oil, and gas deals.”

After US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced some support for an investigation into BP’s role in the release of al-Megrahi, the oil firm admitted it had lobbied the British government, but denied it sought al-Megrahi’s release.

“BP told the UK government that we were concerned about the slow progress that was being made in concluding a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya,” BP said in a statement. “We were aware that this could have a negative impact on UK commercial interests, including the ratification by the Libyan government of BP’s exploration agreement.”

“The decision to release al-Megrahi in August 2009 was taken by the Scottish government,” BP claimed. “It is not for BP to comment on the decision of the Scottish government. BP was not involved in any such discussions about the release of al-Megrahi.”

– with earlier reports

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • Anonymous


    . . . and the UK Govt did everything in ITS power to lie about the basis for returning the bomber back home.

    Once again: Truth is the enemy of all governments and all religions.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commision say the charges against Megrahi were bullsh*t? That also makes Mustafa Jalil a big fat liar.

  • Anonymous

    . . . I think that he gets all of his suits from … the wardrobe closets of production companies that put on Gilbert & Sullivan musicals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    He’s a bitch but I doubt this completely. Watch the BBC’s Conspiracy Files episode on Pan AM. Way too many warnings.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still very unclear about what convincing evidence linked either Abdelbaset al-Megrahi or Qaddafi to the bombing. We have no reason to believe this Abdel-Jalil is any more reliable then Curveball. Could someone point me to that?

  • Anonymous

    i thought this was clearly decided years ago…

  • Anonymous

    maybe, maybe not. wouldn’t put it past him, but… at the time of lockerbie, read an article which noted that that jetliner was carrying a team of DEA agents returning to deliver a secretive report to a congressional committee regarding CIA involvement in the burmese heroin trade… needless to say, that report was never made. and it was also said that the jet downed, like the one downed by north korea in 1982-3, was illegally a spy-jet for the US.

    it should also be mentioned that in about 1992, an israeli El Al jetliner filled with travelers, crashed into a high-rise apartment building in amsterdam. following that crash, hundreds of residents began to get very sick and many died. the cause was found to be ingredients for sarin nerve gas which were illegally stored in that jet and were oddly en route to the USA… the israeli govt denied, denied, denied… until the dutch govt threatened to take them to the world court. then israel made a settlement to shut it up… scientists pointed out that had the ingredients fused more than occurred, amsterdam would’ve been a ghost town instantaneously…

    had that incident been with a moslem jet…

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    ALRIGHT THAT SLAMS IT !!! The US is behind all the twitters, Facebook, and however else news is faked. If that idiot had evidence, then why didn’t he produce it before?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Anderson/1017643836 Craig Anderson

    Our Ashkenazi friends say he was a “terrible tyrant” who did all kinds of unthinkabl­e things (like being against the creation of “Israel” and the forcible removal/mu­rder of millions of Palestinia­n families from their homes, the unlucky of whom survived to live in refugee camps permanentl­y.
    Well I am convinced, Mr. Ariel Finkelstei­n. He is the most terrible person that ever lived – Let’s spread even more lies about Ghadafii, not to mention pay our tax dollars to start yet another MI6/Mossad campaign of terror sponsorshi­p and “uprising” in Libya and all those other terrible places.

  • Anonymous

    You dumbshit. Ghadafi is a terrorist along with the rest of the islamic religion. They hate all unbelievers. Wait until all these arabs are allowed to run free and you’ll wish you had more Jewish friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Anderson/1017643836 Craig Anderson

    Well thank you for revealing what your real agenda is

  • Anonymous

    BBC’s Conspiracy Files is propaganda and has no credibility. It is a hype show for the uninformed masses.

  • Anonymous

    Your broad brush statement indicates your bigotry. You have bought the Bullshit.

    911 was not a Muslim operation. 911 was an inside job. Lockerbie may have been also.

  • Gert B Frobe

    This was the exact same headline that appeared in 1988

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I’ll give him one thing–he’s got bigger balls than Obama.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I have proof that your IQ is lower than room temperature.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Because Gaddafi would have poked his eyes out and hung him in his own entrails. Are you really that stupid or is somebody paying you to be that stupid?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Funny. At least until you realize how many people have died and will die as a result of his attempt to cling to power.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    You forgot the part about the lizard people and David Icke being the son of god. Three days in the closet of shame for you.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Of course it was a Muslim operation. They were nice enough to leave a list of their names in a rental car. ;-)

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    The Isrealis moan and groan that they are the only democracy in the Middle East, then when democracy begins to spread across the region like wildfire, they start having conniptions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Ok then…so where is the so-called evidence. I’ve heard people say they have evidence the CIA was involved and drug dealing was at the root. Put your money where your mouth is.

  • Anonymous

    Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil also goes by the name “Curveball.”

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I’ll be damned but I think I’m gonna have to bite my own tongue and agree with one of the individuals I despise most on the face of the Earth: Fidel The Cookoo Castro. This convenient confession, all that oil under the Libyan soil, Amerikan ships galore right next door…No, sirie, I don’t like this one bit.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    And I have proof that your IQ is lower than the speed limit in a school zone. At quitting time.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    While you are stupid for free. Now, who’s really that stupid? One who gets paid to be stupid or one that does it for free?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Reply from interested parties: “it’s complicated.”

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Lemme guess: way less than those slaughtered in Gaza in Dec. 2008.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Or a paid stooge

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Actually he forgot about the part where the Stern Gang bombed Britain into giving them Palestine.

    Three days in Gaza for you. And then you’ll learn what shame is.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Excuse me. FAUX Nation is that way =================> Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Helloooo! Did you fall on your head or did somebody with a tad of common sense hack into your account and started posting ~gasp~ jew-hating comments?

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    The Sweeds have their heads buried up the arse of CIA and MI6. Iran did Lockerbie as retaliation for the Mossad/CIA take down of the Iranian airbus two months prior. CIA/Mossad blamed it on our OPEC enemy Gaddafi rather than admit they dropped the ball by letting Iran get one up on them. Otherwise, Gaddafi is a P.O.S..

    On March 25, 2009, WMR reported: “British intelligence sources report to WMR that a series of high-level financial deals between Libya, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, Business Secretary Peter Mandelson, former Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin, and Scottish First Minister Alexander Salmond resulted in the release from a Scottish prison of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan Arab Airlines officials convicted of planting the bomb on board Pan Am 103 that killed 281 people on the plane and in the village of Lockerbie in 1988. Megrahi’s colleague, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted of charges in the terrorist attack.In fact, according to the British intelligence sources, the Libyans were never responsible for the bombing of PanAm 103, which was carried out by the Iranians and their Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) proxies in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in retaliation for the shooting down by the USS Vincennes of an Iran Air Airbus-300 over the Persian Gulf in July 1988 that killed all 290 passengers and crew.”

    Our report continued: “Negotiations on the deal to free Megrahi, who stood to embarass the British and U.S. governments with new evidence of his innocence if the appeal of his conviction had gone forward, began last October after two major Scottish banks, Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), collapsed. After HSBC and Barclays made overtures to the Bank of England to buy HBOS and RBS, the proposals were rejected by what is known in Whitehall as the “Larnarkshire Mafia” — Brown, Darling, and Martin — intervened in the Scottish financial crisis and ordered that public money vice commercial funds be used to prop up HBOS and RBS. Eventually, Lloyds TSB bought HBOS creating Lloyds Banking Group, which was, itself, later bailed out by the British government.
    The word from Whitehall is that, although Parliament is in summer recess, senior staffers know that a major secret deal was worked out between Number 10 and Number 11 Downing Street (the residences of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, respectively) and Qaddafi and sealed after a meeting two weeks ago between Mandelson and Qaddafi’s son, Saif al Islam Qaddafi, at a Rothschild family-owned villa on Corfu.

    The deal worked out is that profits realized from future oil and gas deals between Britain and Libya will be used to bail out the Scottish banks.”

    With these powerful connections, the Qaddafi regime is pressing his friends and allies in London, Washington, Moscow, and within the Silvio Berlusconi mafia that runs Italy, that they must stress “stability” — a word also heard as Mubarak was on the rope in Cairo — over democracy. So far, Qaddafi has drawn some success as he clings to power.

  • http://smugmug.com/other/anoceanapart Maheanuu

    Gaddafi= Bush=Cheney=Rumsfeld=Raygun=Bush……. Funny how the apple never falls far from the tree.. Gaddafi will probably be hung with a dung coated rope…. Lets only hope that the Bushes and the Repigs get the same treatment!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P7BRACRFB25XUP33WJ55TQIFU jr0135


  • Anonymous

    and according to wikileaks…
    WikiLeaks: Gaddafi’s Sons Live Cruel, Lavish Lifestyles
    WikiLeaks cables suggest Muammar Gaddafi’s sons are guilty of lavish spending, nepotism and abuse of servants. http://www.newslook.com/videos/293062-wikileaks-gaddafi-s-sons-live-cruel-lavish-lifestyles?autoplay=true

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Mustafa good story to deflect people from prying into exactly what a “Justice Minister” does in Daffy’s Libya. Now where did I put that rope….

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like absolute B.S. Orders were done directly, but someone overheard? No? Not only is this pure crap, it points directly to Israel as the provocateur.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra