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AFP rewrites the Lockerbie case

Posted by seumasach on May 22, 2012

Voltairenet

21st May, 2012

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Abdel Basset al-Megrahi died on 20 May 2012 of cancer at the age of 60. He was the only person convicted of the bombing of PanAm flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, killing 270 people.

Taking advantage of the vacuum left by NATO’s annihilation of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Agence France Presse has written: “In 2003, the Gaddafi regime had officially acknowledged his responsibility for the attack and then paid $ 2.7 billion by way of compensation to the families of the victims.” [1]. In addition, the agency alludes ironically to the fact that the deceased survived three years after his release, while medical experts had said that he had only three months to live.

In truth, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has always denied the charge leveled against her. Considering herself a victim of blackmail at the hands of the great powers, Libya nevertheless agreed to pay compensation in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. In settling at any cost the various disputes that pitted the United States against his country, Muammar el-Qaddafi hoped to hold back NATO’s war preparations. History has shown that it was a miscalculation and that NATO has enough imagination to invent new pretexts to justify the wars on its agenda.

In a famous documentary, The Maltese Double Cross – Lockerbie (see video below), U.S. journalist Allan Francovich demonstrated that the attack was actually perpetrated by a U.S. agent. For their part, the Scottish authorities had admitted that Abdel Basset al-Megrahi’s conviction was based on false testimony [2] and were prepared to review his case. It is within this context that the defendant was released on compassionate grounds (contrary to AFP’s insinuations, the question of his life expectancy is irrelevant). Unfortunately, his death puts an end to the procedure and deprives him of the possibility of being rehabilitated.

Vae Victis! “(Woe to the vanquished!).

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