Lockerbie: Case Closed
is a badly-titled* documentary following former police detective George Thompson and legal investigator John Ashton as they investigate and uncover new evidence in the Lockerbie bombing
. Thompson was hired by Abdelbasset al-Magrahi's
legal team to investigate the case.
Another film "Pan Am: The Lockerbie bomber"
covers similar ground, but uncovers some other issues. Both have been aired on Al-Jazeera.
This evidence is the same evidence re-examined by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Five years ago the SCCRC produced a still unreleased report saying there were 6 grounds for Magrahi to appeal his conviction, which he was planning to do before he was released on compassionate grounds. The report is so secret that even the Scottish Justice secretary has not been allowed to see the it.
Some of the new evidence relates to the clothes bought from Tony Gauci's shop, Mary's House in Sliema, Malta.
Among Gauci's varying statements were:
- It was raining on the day the clothes were bought.
- The Christmas lights were not on.
- The date was 28th November; he could remember it because he had argued with his girlfriend.
- No shirt listed in his original statement. (He even stated the amount the clothes cost and how the man paid).
- Originally Gauci stated that the man did not buy a shirt "for sure".
- In his statement where he mentions the shirt, Gauci described the shirt as Biege.
Other problems with Gauci's statements:
- Gauci's original description of the man does not match Magrahi
- Gauci had seen a picture of Magrahi in a magazine article linking him to the bombing. He had the magazine in his possession for several months before the police organised an ID parade at which he picked out Magrahi.
Further doubts include:
- the prosecutions claim that the lead on the timer fragment evaporated in the explosion.
- The shirt: 2 Maltese clothing manufacturers state that the shirt is a boys shirt, due to the size of the pocket/placket
(the bit the buttons/buttonholes are on.)
- The forensic evidence log appears to have had a page inserted.
- Majid Giaka's evidence and his relationship as a paid CIA informant.
- Redacted Security documents not made fully availabale to the defence team.
An overview of the prosecution case and some of the problems can be found here
A blog by Robert Black QC FRSE, who is often referred to as the architect of the Lockerbie trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands is here
Jim Swire's blog is here
Magahi dropped his appeal and was released on Commpassionate grounds.
* - I say "badly titled" as it doesn't actually solve the case, it presents evidence to support a miscarriage of justice.