The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LONDON – British newspaper Daily Mail published on Monday an article by author Douglas Boyd in which he discusses details of his new book, Lockerbie: The Truth. Boyd alleges in his new book that Libya wasn’t responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 , commonly referred to as the Lockerbie bombing, but it was rather Iran, adding that the prime suspect is alive and living in Washington.
“After years investigating the Lockerbie disaster and its background, I have found that little of the evidence against him [Abdelbaset al-Megrahi] can be taken at face value.”, wrote Boyd.
Instead, the author alleges it was the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) that carried out the bombing, paid by Iran.
Allegations of Iran’s responsibility has serviced since the time of investigation, the US Defense Intelligence Agency even issued a public statement back then saying: “The bombing of the Pan Am flight was conceived, authorised and financed by Ali-Akbar Mohtashamipur, Iran’s former interior minister. The execution of the operation was contracted to Ahmad Jibril, leader of the PFLP-GC.”.
Boyd alleges the reason why the United States and Britain didn’t go after Iran at the time was because of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, for which Washington and London needed the compliance of Iraq’s neighbors Iran and Syria. Boyd also says that former Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, was “happy to accept the blame” and he used al-Megrahi as “scapegoat”.
The Lockerbie bombing killed 259 people in 21 December 1988. Libyan airline security officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who maintained his innocence until his death, was charged and imprisoned for his alleged crime, he was later released on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died in May 2012, as the only person to be convicted for the attack.