Today, I updated the page dedicated to the history of PT/35(b) since its alleged discovery on 12 May 1989.
The reader must understand that this is the official timeline reconstructed and wholly accepted by the SCCRC.
19 December 1989
There is a memo from McManus to Williamson (D5441 – see appendix to chapter 8 of the statement of reasons) dated 19.12.89 re a phone call McManus had with Feraday during which McManus requested a meeting at RARDE to discuss “recent and potential developments concerning PT30 – piece of circuit board of uncertain origin – and obtain as much information and opinion of this item as possible.”
Feraday replied that he had already discussed the matter with senior management at Lockerbie and saw no benefit in further discussion. McManus pressed him and referred to other potentially significant blast damaged items, and to items found in a search of Abassi’s flat in Germany, but Feraday did not agree to a visit to RARDE.
There is another memo of this date from Williamson to Henderson (D5428 – see appendix to chapter 8 of the statement of reasons) re “item of interest at RARDE – circuit board”. Reference in the memo is again to PT/30, which is said to have been found in PK/2128, part of an American Tourister suitcase, at RARDE on 18 June 1989 (which would be consistent with PT/30, except it was found on 8 June, not the 18th).
The memo says Feraday regarded this find as potentially most important and photos and a description of the item were supplied to the productions/property team to allow a full search at Dexstar for similar material [this sounds like it is referring to the Lads and Lassies memo]. It is stated that on 14 September 1989 Feraday visited Dexstar and examined various items there but none matched PT/30 (see fax 749), and on a number of occasions he has expressed interest in any circuitry that could be compared to PT/30. Reference is then made to items recovered from Abassi’s flat in Germany, and in particular digital alarm clocks and circuit boards, and it is suggested that these items be secured for scientific examination.
Much is made in the submissions about the latter memo above, and it is submitted that originally PT/30 was unidentified, and the Lads and Lassies memo referred to it, but when PT/35(b) was reverse engineered into the chain of evidence, the memo about PT/30 was said instead to have been about PT/35(b), in order to make it look like it had been there from the start. This matter is addressed in chapter 8 of the statement of reasons.
To be continued.