Classified lockerbie

If the case of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie is renegotiated, the solution will probably lie in Germany

In essence, it is about the question of what the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) knows about the real background, how and why the Boeing 747 was flown down on 21 September.12.1988 over the Scottish village of Lockerbie exploded. All 259 passengers of the "Maid of the Seas" as well as eleven villagers died in the attack.

Did a Toshiba radio alarm clock cause death?? Then the bomb maker would have been an undercover agent of the BND. Marwan Abdel Razzaq Mufdi Khreesat is said to have been a bomb expert, but more importantly, an undercover agent for Jordan’s State Security Service, working closely with the CIA. But above all, according to the former agent of the Federal Intelligence Service Wilhelm Dietl in his book "Die BKA-Story", Khreesat had been placed as an undercover agent by the Jordanians at the BND – more precisely at the department 16 C.

In his book "Code Name Dali", the ex-agent of Unit 16 A (Near and Middle East) describes how he had to hand over his informants to Terrorism Unit 16 C. After that, "the best counter-terrorism system that had ever existed was dead as a doornail". Apparently. For Khreesat was allowed to tinker with bombs under the eyes and listening ears of the BKA and the Verfangsschutz in Neuss. Included: Hafez Kassem Dalkamoni with cover name Hafez Mohammed Hussein in Syrian service passport. He had negotiated the exchange of hostages in Geneva, the writing agent said.

In the context of Operation Autumn Leaves, police officers of a special task force and terrorism investigators struck. They arrested 16 suspects, but released 12, including the bomb maker Khreesat, of all people. He had made the wires glow and ared: "I am one of you, after all."In the process of disarming the "colleague’s" bombing machines, one BKA man was killed, another was seriously injured, and one bomb remained missing. "The key to finding the real culprits is in Neuss," explained Dr. David Thomas Schiller on request, expert on terrorism and the Middle East.

Traces to the GDR and connections to the Barschel case?

But even if the tinder came from another source, there is a German lead. The Libyan Abd Al Bassit Ali al Mikrahi was convicted for the Lockerbie attack. At the time of his arrest, he was allegedly carrying MST-13 tinder. Manufacturer of this tinder: the Swiss company Mebo. The owner of the company, Edwin Bollier, had given contradictory information in the course of the investigation. First claimed to have supplied tinder of this type directly to Tripoli. He later corrected this: In 1987, seven copies had also been delivered to the Institute for Technical Investigations of the GDR. Former Stasi officials at the time confirmed Bollier’s activity for the Mfs.

In 1994, Bollier changed sides again and, according to the magazine Focus, he was following up contradictions in the Lockerbie investigation for the Libyans. At that time he claimed to have seen only a photo of the chip fragment, which on top of that was manipulated. This allegation now comes in a new guise. As reported by the Berliner Zeitung, Ulrich Lumpert, an employee of the Swiss company Mebo, stated in a sworn statement that he had given the investigators a time switch that had not been found in the trunks at all. In addition, the owner of the company, Edwin Bollier, announced claims for damages. At the same time, he was listed by the Stasi as IM Rubin. He is said to have supplied both Libya and the GDR with embargoed goods of all kinds; data terminals, voice analyzers and cipher devices from Crypto-AG. Above all, there are said to have been protective hands in the West.

In March 1995, Bollier was to be interrogated in Switzerland in the presence of BKA officials – in the context of the death investigation Dr. Uwe Barschel. Of particular interest to the investigators at the time: "In addition to electronic components, Bollier also supplied chemical materials, including highly toxic ones, to the GDR before 1987."It had been a chance find to which the Swiss had not attached any importance, they had concentrated on explosives.

To this day, nothing is known about the results of the Bollier interrogation in the Barschel case; they must have been stored in a very special file from the Barschel investigation files. And this, although there must be an intersection between Bollier and the Swiss private investigator Jean Jacques Griessen. He had traded in all kinds of (reconnaissance) electronics, was active in the Libyan business, had worked for the private agent Werner Mauss in the matter of hostages in Lebanon and investigated the death of Uwe Barschel for his brother Eike.

Further insights could also bring looks into old Mfs files, as well as the archives of the Russian secret service. They had been surprised as late as 1994 not to have been even asked about their findings.

"It looks almost as if one did not want to know the truth at all"

A retrial will also address the question of the masterminds behind the attack. The Libyan Mekrahi was among.a. convicted because a shopkeeper in Malta claimed to have recognized him as the one who bought the clothes later found in the wreckage. In the meantime, however, he is no longer safe. Reporters from the American TV station ABC had already shaken up his testimony by showing him photos of Mekrahi and pictures of a second suspect who looks similar to the Libyan: the alleged Palestinian terrorist and original key witness Abu Talb. In his apartment in Sweden were found time switches, tinder and Maltese clothes. Nevertheless, this track has not been. At that time, it was politically opportune to condemn Libya as the sole client.

Today, another track, which already existed in 1989, could be more politically desirable. Ayatollah Khomeini had given the order as revenge for the Airbus that the USA had shot down in the Persian Gulf. Bought terrorists were to carry out the attack, wrote author and agent Wilhelm Dietl in Quick magazine. He was also the one who provided the key witness in the Mykonos trial: Mesbahi. This Mesbahi now testified in Berlin that the Tehran mullahs had asked Libya for assistance in the attack on the Pan Am jumbo jet. In the Mykonos verdict it says about Mesbahi that he also negotiated in Geneva in the matter of hostages in Lebanon.

But this gives a new meaning to other pieces of the mosaic. The Israeli investigator Juval Aviv, who investigated the case for the airline Pan Am, found out: the Syrian Monzer Al Kassar is said to have smuggled drugs on the same route in order to free American hostages in 1987. This smuggling route, which was "allowed" in some way, was used by terrorists; the suitcases were exchanged. Kassar was again the target of Dietl, as he writes in "Code Name Dali". Monzer Al Kassar was examined again on 8. Arrested in Spain in June of this year. Al Kassar is also being investigated in connection with the death of Uwe Barschel.

Irritatingly, Dietl made fun of police chief John Boyd for reading all the protocols personally and "poring over them like Sherlock Holmes"."The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) demands that the case be reopened. Maybe then the 15.000 testimonies should be read again by a person with an open mind, so that not only the Lockerbie riddle is solved. Or should the Quick journalist and BND agent Wilhelm Dietl get right? On 10.5.In 1989 he summed up: "It almost looks as if the truth was not wanted to know at all."

If the trial is reopened, he and his former employers at the BND may spend a lot of time in Scotland.

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