Originally Posted by Taskiss
Means, opportunity and motive -
Ahh. "Opportunity" and"Motivation"! These are common factors that point towards the perpetrators of a crime. Shame that such useful "rookie cop" methods are so often applied when convenient, rather than in pursuit of justice.
Means: Libya was proven to have bought the boards used as a timer for the bomb
That's meaningless. Libya is a country, not a person.
However, this article suggests that there was more in common with Palestinian militants.... but since no Palestinians have been charged/investigated etc. etc., there's probably very little mileage in that speculation.
Opportunity: al-Megrahi (proven to be a high-ranking agent of Libyan intelligence) was proven to have entered the country with a forged passport a few days before and left a few hours after the suitcase with the bomb was delivered.
A foreign agent with a false passport.
I don't believe it!
Motive: Libya wanted to respond to the attack the US made to address the German discotheque. Reagan bombed Libya's capital trying to get Kaddafi, but only got his daughter.
There are questions regarding the guilty parties in the La Belle bombing as well. The bombing attack against Libya ("Operation El Dorado Canyon")was planned by the Reagan Administration well in advance of the la Belle bombing, for starters. The former East German Stasi colonel Frank Weigand spilled the beans in a ZDF documentary in 1998.
One of the men blamed for the La Belle bombing attack was Abu Jaber. Reporter John Goetz in the Spring 1996 edition of Covert Action Quarterly revealed that Abu Jaber was a CIA informer. Indeed, one KGB report documented a meeting between Abu Jaber and his CIA handler two days before the La Belle bombing. Abu Jaber apparently told his handler that the price of the bombing would be $30,000.
Also according to former Israeli intelligence colonel Victor Ostrovsky in his sworn testimony for the Lockerbie trial, Mossad commandos had set up a radio transmitter in Tripoli generating false telex signals about the "success" of the Berlin bomb. The intercepts had been concocted by Mossad, he said.
Kaddafi lays a lip lock on al-Megrahi the moment he gets off the plane the other day
Yuk. Pictures? No, I take that back. Anyway, that seems like an odd reaction for the Libyan leader now that he's gone from "bad guy" to "good guy".
The court was convinced of his guilt - as far as debating it on an Internet forum, I'll leave that to others, I'll just believe the judges 'till they retract their conviction.
The court was in no way "convinced of their guilt". Furthermore, the courtroom was packed with friends and relatives of the deceased, and thus the jury was under great pressure to supply a "guilty" verdict. If you, or I, were a juror in that case, and you had to come up with a verdict in a case re. two people who had been pre-tried by the media, belonged to a universally condemned, pariah nation, and someone had to pay for Britain's worst ever terrorist attack, would you not feel you were under at least some
pressure to comply with the popular demand for a guilty verdict? I have to admit that I would (I think most would) knowing that the probable reactions had a 'not guilty' verdict been delivered been distinctly not conducive to one's sense of self-preservation.