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Paul Hudson, Father of Melina Hudson (passenger)
Bill Parr, Resident of Lockerbie, Scotland and volunteer search-and-rescue
Ella Ramsden, Lockerbie resident
Jane Swire, Mother
of Flora (passenger)
Jim Swire, Father of Flora (passenger)
Hashim Abassi, Syrian immigrant and owner of the fruit market in Neuss,
West Germany raided by Federal Police in October, 1988
Juval Aviv, A former Israeli Intelligence agent and private investigator based
in New York who asserted that drugs were involved in the bombing of Pan Am 103
in a report written for Pan Am airlines in 1989. He claims that in 1988 government
agents were running a controlled drug-smuggling operation aboard Pan Am from Lebanon
to the US through Frankfurt
James Baker, Former Secretary of State for the Bush administration
Jim Berwick, London-based Manager of Corporate Security for Pan
Am in 1988
Robert Black, Queens Counsel and Professor of Scots Law, Edinburgh University,
who proposed the compromise that led to the trial in the Netherlands. (see audio
interview in Part 3 of radio report)
Edwin Bollier, Co-owner of MEBO Electronics, Zurich, which allegedly sold
the timer used to trigger the bomb that downed Pan Am 103.
Tonio Borg, Minister of Home Affairs, Malta
Vincent Cannistraro, Former CIA Chief of counter-terrorism and head of the
CIA's Lockerbie investigation, 1989-1990
Tony Gauci, Proprietor of Mary's House, a Maltese store where defendants allegedly
purchased clothing found in suitcase containing the bomb
George Grech, Maltese Police Commissioner
Michael Hurley, DEA's Country Attache for Cyprus in 1988
Libyan informant who claims to have seen the Libyan defendants with a brown Samsonite
suitcase at the Malta airport on the morning of the Lockerbie bombing. However,
a reliable legal source close to the defense team says in a recent pre-trial deposition
with defense lawyers that Jiacha could only say he saw a man "possibly"
the defendant Megrahi carrying a suitcase in the Malta airport "sometime
in December" 1988.
Mike Jones, Former Pan Am security manager
David Johnston, journalist, Radio Forth, Edinburgh; covered disaster and
Giorgio Kiriakidis, Witness to the Federal Police raids in Neuss, West Germany
in October, 1988
Noel Koch, Head of anti-terrorism for the US Defense Department (1981-1986)
Michael Mansfield, British Attorney who told BBC Scotland that, in an ordinary
criminal case free of international politics, the evidence against the Libyans
in Malta, "would be declared at some or another inadmissible because it is
so fatally flawed at the very root."
Joe Mifsud, Maltese journalist who reported on the late inclusion of a 1985
Semtex discovery in the final indictment against the Libyans.
Robert Muller, Assistant Attorney General during Lockerbie Investigation
Revell, Former FBI Assistant Director
Frank Ryan, Scottish journalist; covered Lockerbie disaster and investigation
David Shayler, Headed the Libya Desk for British Intelligence during
the mid-1990's. Currently living in exile in Paris.
Shibley Telhami, Political Scientist, Anwar Sadat Chair for Population,
Development, and Peace, University of Maryland
Tom Thurman, Former forensic specialist in the FBI's lab, told ABC News
in 1991 that he had matched the piece of circuit board to another one seized from
Libyan agents in West Africa. He was later discredited.
Philip Wilcox, former State Department Ambassador for Counter-terrorism,
Robert Oakley, former diplomat and State Department Ambassador for Counter-terrorism
Sanya Popovic, Counter-terrorism expert, Columbia University; Vice President,
Victims of Pan Am 103
Mohammad Abu Talb, Palestinian terrorist initially identified as being
the person who purchased the clothes in Malta that were found in the suitcase
thought to have held the bomb. Currently serving a life sentence in Sweden for
blowing up a Northwest Airlines office in Copenhagen.
Haffez al-Assad, President of Syria
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, Libyan Defendant
Ahmed Jibril, Leader of PFLP-GC
Ayatollah Khomeini, then-ruler of Iran
Marwan Khreesat, Admitted to building bombs for PFLP-GC
Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, Libyan Defendant
Col. Moammar Qadhafi, Libyan Leader
Camp Zeist, the Netherlands, Former US military base, now temporarily declared
Scottish territory for purposes of the Lockerbie trial. Under a rare arrangement
agreed to by Libya, the United States, and Britain, the trial will be held under
Scottish law before a panel of Scots judges. The two Libyan defendants, Abdelbaset
Megrahi and Al-Amin Fhimah, are charged with building and planting the bomb that
blew up Pan Am 103. Their trial is set to begin May 3, 2000.
Damascus, Syria, The Syrian capital is home to Ahmed Jibril and his notorious
terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command
(PFLP-GC). The group has close ties to the Syrian government. At the same time
Lockerbie investigators were aban- doning their case against the PFLP-GC, purportedly
because of new evidence pointing to Libya, the Bush Administration was actively
courting Syria for its help in the Middle East peace process and the Persian Gulf
Frankfurt, Germany, Early in the Lockerbie investigation, authorities suspected
that members of the PFLP-GC had placed the bomb that brought down Flight 103 aboard
a feeder flight, Pan Am 103A, which originated in Frankfurt. Ultimately, investigators
declared that the bomb began its journey in Malta (placed there by Libyan operatives)
and was transferred in Frankfurt to flight 103A in an unaccompanied suitcase.
An internal FBI memo, however, says Frankfurt airport records give "no concrete
indication" that such a transfer took place.
Heathrow Airport, London, England, Pan Am Flight 103 took off from Heathrow
Airport at 6:25 p.m. Thirty-eight minutes later, as the 747 cruised over the border
from England into Scotland, a bomb exploded in the cargo hold, blowing a 20-inch
hole in the airliner's skin. The explosive rush of air pressure broke the plane
to pieces over Lockerbie, Scotland. Investigators determined the bomb had been
hidden in a Toshiba Bombeat radio/cassette player, which in turn was packed in
a brown Samsonite suitcase. Two Pan-Am security managers at Heathrow say US government
agents were running a covert drug operation aboard their airline at the time Pan
Am 103 was destroyed.
Lockerbie, Scotland, Scottish farming town near the English border, above
which Pan Am 103 exploded on December 21, 1988. The 747 and its cargo, fuel, and
passengers fell on the town and surrounding countryside. All 259 pas- sengers
died, along with eleven townspeople killed by a falling wing. Lockerbie became
the starting point for a world-wide, three-year investigation — probably the largest
criminal probe in history.
Neuss, West Germany, West German federal police raided homes and businesses
here in October, 1988, arresting 17 men, including alleged high-ranking members
of a Syria- based terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
— General Command (PFLP-GC). Among what police find: a Toshiba Bombeat cassette
recorder, its insides converted into an airplane bomb. Eventually, authorities
would find four such devices, but one went unaccounted for. Intelligence officials
said the PFLP-GC set up the bomb-making operation after meetings between its leaders
and Iranian government officials in the wake of the USS Vincennes' shoot-down
of the Iranian civilian jet in July, 1988.
Malta, Island in the Southern Mediterranean, South of Sicily and 150 miles
from Tripoli. The Libyan defendants, Megrahi and Fhimah, lived and worked on the
island as managers with Libya Arab Airlines. The indictment says the two built
the Lockerbie bomb here and, on the morning of December 21, 1988, slipped it aboard
Air Malta Flight 180 at Malta's Luqa Airport. From there, the indictment claims,
the bomb was transferred to Pan Am 103A at Frankfurt, then to Pan Am 103 at London
before blowing up over Lockerbie.
Mary's House, Maltese store where defendants are believed to have purchased
clothing found in suitcase containing the bomb that felled flight 103
Strait of Hormuz
Located in the Persian Gulf. On July 3, 1988, the Navy cruiser USS Vincennes
was exchanging fire with Iranian gunboats when an Iranian Airbus took off from
Tehran for a routine civilian flight to Dubai, Saudi Arabia. The Vincennes shot
down the jet, killing 290 Iranians — many of them pilgrims on their way to Mecca.
US military officials called the shoot-down a tragic mistake, but Iranian leaders
Tehran, Iran, Seat of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic fundamentalist government.
Following the USS Vincennes' shoot-down of the Iranian Airbus civilian airliner
in July, 1988, the Iranian government vowed to "avenge the blood of our martyrs."
Following the bombing of Pan Am 103 less than six months later, investigators
strongly suspected Iran had sponsored the attack.
Tripoli, Lybia, US warplanes bombed the Libyan capital in April, 1986,
in retaliation for the bombing of a German discotheque, allegedly by Libyan terrorists.
The raids on Tripoli and Libya's second-largest city, Benghazi, killed about 100
Libyans, including Colonel Moammar Qadhafi's 2-year-old adopted daughter. British
and American officials say Qadhafi got revenge two-and-a-half years later by ordering
the bombing of Pan Am 103.
Zurich, Switzerland, Headquarters of MEBO Electronics, which allegedly
manufactured and sold the timer used to detonate the bomb that destroyed Pan Am
103. The indictment says the timer was of a type that MEBO sold only to the Libya
government. MEBO co-owner Edwin Bollier, however, claims the timer fragment found
in Lockerbie is from a batch he sold to the East German Secret Police, the Stasi.
The Stasi supplied various terrorists groups, including the early suspects, the
PFLP-GC, according to intelligence officials.
JSO, Libyan Intelligence Agency.
MEBO Electronics, Swiss company which manufactured the timer alleged to
have detonated the bomb on Flight 103
PFLP-GC, the Syria-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General
Stasi, East German secret police, supplier of the PFLP-GC and other terrorist
groups, according to counter-terrorism experts
Samsonite, Type of suitcase believed to have been used to carry explosives
that were planted in flight 103.
Bombeat, Type of Toshiba cassette recorder believed to have been used to
house the explosives planted in flight 103.
Timer Chip, Fragment of circuit board from the timer that blew up Pan Am
103, allegedly made by Mebo Electronics of Zurich, Switzerland
Clothing and Umbrella,
Purchased at Mary's House clothing store in Malta and packed into the Samsonite
with the bomb
Semtex plastic explosive found in 1985, judged by Maltese police to be
unrelated to the Lockerbie bombing but adopted by Scottish prosecutors as evidence
against Libyan suspects in 1999