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Megrahi: You Are My Jury: The Lockerbie Evidence Paperback – February 1, 2012
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Towards the end the book summarises the issues under two headings - the legal process, and what actually happened. The second of these is full of uncertainties, whatever people try to pretend. The legal process is hardly less complex, but it is possible for the general public to take a clear view, even if the legal profession themselves signally failed to. There's irony in this, I suppose. We are asked to apply plain-Joe logic to the legal issues but to shun glib man-in-the-street opinions as to the actual events.Read more ›
The author makes the most out of doubts that naturally arise regarding eyewitnesses, especially Paul Gaucci, that testified that Megrahi was the purchaser of clothes in the suitcase that housed the bomb. Gaucci's credibility regarding his memory is suspect, especially considering the time that had elapsed and the inconsistencies over the months and years.
The author also exploits possible gaps in the most damming forensic evidence, the parts of circuit board from the radio cassette player that housed the bomb, and the fragment of the MEBO timer found blasted into a shirt from the bomb carrying suitcase.
If this evidence was truly found at Lockerbie, and there was no tampering or manipulation, the clothes and fragments form the most compelling crux of the case. The clothes tie the bomb-laden suitcase to the shop in Malta, and the fragments seem to tie the radio cassette player and timer to Libya. It makes me wonder how many circuit boards are present in a 747 and how these stood out from the other wreckage.
The book issues two accounts of testing the Toshiba circuit board and timer frags. One states that these critical pieces of evidence in a case about an explosion were not tested for explosive residue. If true, this impeaches both items as evidence.
The other account is that they were tested, but showed no traces due to "cosummation" of the explosive materials. This would seem to be a key part of the case but seems glossed over.Read more ›