The Chronology of PT/35(b): 19 December 1989

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.

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One Response to The Chronology of PT/35(b): 19 December 1989

  1. Craig says:

    With reference to SCCRC, thought it might be helpful to note the terms used in the report.

    Important to look through the many organisations and agencies listed. Take a step back to note and think about all the supposed professionals involved in this case and where we are at today with previously known information.

    Furthermore, note the added comments by SCCRC of MEBO, the 2 Air Malta flights KM180 & KM231 and LN147, Libyan Airlines.
    Note the numerous descriptions of organisations and/or groups on the list but SCCRC also list individual Air Malta flights with apparent ‘coded passport’ use within Term Description.
    This is neither impartial or balanced within the noted context, it appears to be a deliberate act within the opening pages to influence the reader.

    Even though SCCRC did note numerous concerns with various issues, reading their ‘Term Description’ which is of course among the first pages of the SCCRC report, SCCRC have added significant negative comment and biased with regard to Libya and it’s nationals.

    AAIB – Air Accidents Investigation Branch

    ABH – The firm in which the applicant and Badri Hassan were principals, which rented an office from MEBO

    Act, the/ 1995 – Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 as amended

    ADWOC – The Libyan state oil company

    Autumn Leaves – Code-name for raids carried out by the BKA on a PFLP-GC cell in West Germany in October 1988

    AVE 4041 – The baggage container in the hold of PA103 in which the suitcase containing the bomb was situated

    BKA – Bundeskriminalamt, the police force of Germany and formerly of West Germany

    CAD – Central Ammunition Depot, Longtown, where fragments of aircraft were taken initially

    CIA – Central Intelligence Agency (United States)

    CP – Crown production

    CSS – Centre for Strategic Studies (Libya)

    D&G – Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary

    DEA – Drugs Enforcement Agency (United States)

    Dexstar – Name given to the police property store at Lockerbie, which was situated in a warehouse owned by a company named Dexstar

    DGSE – Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, the General Directorate of External Security, France’s external intelligence agency

    DIA – Defense Intelligence Agency (United States)

    DP – Defence production

    DST – Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire, the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance, France’s domestic Security Service

    Dstl – Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, agency of the Ministry of Defence of which RARDE was a forerunner

    ESDA – Electrostatic Detection Apparatus, used to detect indented writing

    ESO – External Security Organisation i.e. Libyan intelligence services, also referred to in the statement of reasons as the JSO

    FAA – Federal Aviation Administration

    FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation (United States)

    FCO – Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    FEL – Forensic Explosives Laboratory, Fort Halstead, Kent (part of RARDE, now Dstl)

    FIA – Forensic Investigative Associates, a firm of private investigators instructed on behalf of the applicant by Eversheds

    FSANI – Forensic Science Agency of Northern Ireland

    FSS – Forensic Science Service

    GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters (UK)

    HOLMES – Home Office Large Major Enquiry System, the police database

    IED – Improvised explosive device

    IRA – Irish Republican Army

    IRGC – Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

    JIG – Joint Intelligence Group, liaison between police enquiry and intelligence agencies

    JSO – Jamahariya Security Organisation i.e. Libyan intelligence services, also referred to as ESO

    KM180 – Air Malta flight KM180 from Luqa airport, Malta to Frankfurt on 21 December 1988, said to have carried the primary suitcase

    KM231 – Air Malta flight KM231 from Tripoli airport, Libya to Luqa airport, Malta on 20 December 1988, on which the applicant and the co accused travelled, the applicant using his coded passport

    LAA – Libyan Arab Airlines

    LED – Light emitting diode

    LICC – Lockerbie Incident Control Centre

    LN147 – Libyan Arab Airlines flight LN147 from Luqa airport, Malta to Tripoli airport, Libya on 21 December 1988, on which the applicant travelled while using his coded passport

    LPS form (also form 2) – The form completed for requesting forensic science laboratory examination (see Crown production number 288)

    MEBO – Meister et Bollier AG, the Swiss manufacturer of MST-13 timers

    MFA – Maltese Football Association

    MST-13 – The designation given by MEBO to an electronic timing device it manufactured, a fragment from one of which was discovered at the crash site

    NPES – No particular explosive sign

    PA103 – Pan American World Airways flight 103 from London Heathrow to New York on 21 December 1988

    PA103A – Pan American World Airways flight 103A from Frankfurt to London Heathrow on 21 December 1988

    PBS – Public Services Broadcasting, Malta – the only Maltese television channel broadcasting in 1988 (when it was known as TVM)

    PETN – A chemical constituent of Semtex plastic explosive

    PFLP-GC – Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, named in the notice of incrimination

    PLO – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

    Primary suitcase – Term given to the suitcase concluded to have contained the bomb

    POFP – “Property other than found property”, a register used by the police in England to record items that are not simply lost property

    PPSF – Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, named in the notice of incrimination

    RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana, the state owned broadcasting authority for Italy

    RARDE – Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment, of which the Forensic Explosives Laboratory formed part

    RCR – Radio cassette recorder

    RDX – A chemical constituent of Semtex plastic explosive

    RT-SF16 – The model of Toshiba RCR concluded to have contained the bomb which destroyed PA103

    SHHD – Scottish Home and Health Department

    SIO – Senior Investigating Officer

    SI store – Special interest store, part of the Dexstar property store where items were stored for submission to forensic scientists

    TVM – The only Maltese television channel broadcasting in 1988 (subsequently renamed PBS)

    USG – United States Government

    VSC – Video Spectral Comparator, used to compare inks


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