Musa Kusa Holds The Establishment Who Knew To Ransom Over Lockerbie
LIBYA and Musa Kusa’s defection reads like a bad April Fool’s joke.
‘Tell us the secrets of Lockerbie,” orders the headline bannered across the Glasgow Herald today.
The Herald has led the campaign to get to the bottom and at least some of the truths/versions – for there will many – of the exact double-dealings which caused, on 21 December 1988, the deaths of 270 in the skies over and on the ground of the once quiet backwater Scottish rural market town Lockerbie.
Once again Scotland’s legal system is thrust into the foreground as The Herald tells us
“SCOTTISH detectives and prosecutors are to interview Libyan defector Moussa Koussa about his involvement in the Lockerbie bombing.
“Colonel Gaddafi’s former foreign minister, who flew into the UK on a private jet on Wednesday, was a senior intelligence officer at the time of Britain’s worst terrorist attack in 1988, which claimed the lives of 270 people.”
This is the man who probably holds the key to the mystery surrounding the downing of The Maid of The Seas the Pan Am Flight 103 blasted from the skies and eventually claiming 270 lives.
Today’s story talks of MI6 interviews at safe houses in London and bids to open the rotten apple of half-truths which has surrounded the murderous atrocity which was probably planned and committed by Libya…perhaps involving other now friendly Arab states.
Image: 15/06/1980 – expelled bureau head Musa Kusa addressing pro-Gaddafi supporters outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in St James’s Square, London.
It could be the beginning of the end of the mystery and The Herald story cross-referenced earlier is well-worth the reading.
But bear in mind just one thing…the eventual decision to probe and take legal action is not a British or USA decision.
It remains a Scottish problem. as it always was. A headache which during the first Lockerbie bombing trial resulted in a legal invention, the creation of a Scottish territory in Camp Zeist in Holland. There the eventually convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi was held in fortress-like security conditions because of the fear of assassination. Those fears were created not by grieving families or angry and bitter British and (mainly) American hatreds of the accused but the fear that Libyan killers would prevent Megrahi from telling the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Of course he did not and, despite years in Scottish jails, kept his secrets.
Moussa Koussa has been named as the probable mastermind of the atrocity and yet led the efforts to reach compensation deals.
“Later,” says The Herald, “as Gaddafi’s right-hand man, he was heavily involved in the talks about the release of Megrahi, the only person ever to be convicted of the bombing, and in Libya’s rapprochement with the West.”
This man should not be dealt with by English authorities, the crime remains one for Scotland to punish… and this time, whatever the political shade of the Scottish Government, it should never be finessed into backing those internationally acceptable oil-deal agreements as happened with Megrahi.
That would be the lowest form of wit but there again the Scottish Government didn’t have the intelligence to think it through the last time and much will depend on how much MI6 is prepared to share.
The simple fact is there are many Whitehall and Westminster sphincters twitching and diplomatic chain-mail is being dragged out of the bottom drawers to protect the backs of British Establishment figures who perhaps know too much.
If someone could get to the bottom of that dark dangerous place, it could raise a belly-laugh.