According to this CIA cable, Mansour al Saber (one of the two arrested Libyans) is a very busy terrorist. Just in 1984, he supposedly took part in the assassination of a Libyan dissident (Shatati*) in Greece, attempted to assassinate President Mubarak of Egypt as well as a former Prime Minister of Libya and Dr. Boutros Ghali.
Read for yourself!
Despite the beating he took during his interviews, Saber never changed his story and always denied any knowledge of the weapons seized at the airport. He consistently said that he thought the suitcase belonged to Ahmed Khalifa Niasse.
If the cable is half-true, one may wonder why El Saber accepted to show up as a witness at the Lockerbie Trial?
Quick Analysis of the Cable
1. Assassination of Shatati in June 1984. Almost certainly, the CIA cable refers to Salih Abu Zeyd El Shteeti. This Libyan businessman was assassinated on 21 June 1984 in Athens, Greece. The Greek authorities were unable to locate the culprits.
Al Burkan (The Volcano) was a highly secretive and violent organization that emerged in 1984. Al Burkan has been responsible for the assassination of many Libyan officials overseas. This organization claimed responsibility for the death of El Shteeti, a Libyan businessman with close ties to Qadhafi, in Athens during the visit of Abdul Salam Turayki, Libya’s secretary of foreign liaison to Athens.
2. Abd al Munim is a military, not a former Prime Minister! There seems to be some confusion with former Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Bakkush.
The Libyan Liberation Organization, based in Cairo, was formed in 1982. In 1987 it was led by Abdul Hamid Bakkush, a prime minister during the Idris monarchy. In January 1987, the Libyan Liberation Organization, agreed to form a working group headed by Major Abd al Munim al Huni, a former RCC (Libyan Revolutionary Command Council) member who has been living in Cairo since the 1975 coup attempt that was led by another RCC member, Umar Muhayshi.
I think the credibility of this cable has been fully established.
The full cable is archived here
Note: Zulu (Zero) time is equivalent to GMT, and Dakar is actually on GMT time. Therefore, the cable was sent on 00:28 local time.