The Chronology of PT/35(b):19 September 1990

19 September 1990

A Commission Rogatoire was submitted to Swiss authorities by the Lord Advocate
seeking enquiries to be made at MEBO.

Fraser

Peter Fraser, Baron Fraser of Carmyllie

COMMENT:

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE TERRORISM SUMMARY
15 MARCH 1991

THE LORD ADVOCATE OF SCOTLAND, PETER FRASER,
DISCLOSED ON 12 MARCH THAT HE MAY MAKE PUBLIC THE CRTNINAL
INVESTIGATION INTO THE BOMBING DF PAN AM 103 BY 21 DECEMBER
1991 (THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE INCIDENT). FRASER STATED
THAT IF THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN REACHED AND HE IS SATISFIED
THAT THE INVESTIGATION HAS PROGRESSED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, HE
WILL REVEAL THE WHOLE STORY OF THE HUNT FOR THE BOMBERS OF
PAN AM 103. LORD FRASER ALSO INDICATED THAT THE CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATION WAS ONGOING AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT STILL
HOPES TO BRING THE PERPETRATORS OF THE BOMBING TO TRIAL,
WHERE THE WHOLE STORY WIILL BE TOLD IN HIGH CRIMINAL COURT.
WHEN ASKED TO IDENTIFY WHERE THE TRIAL WOULD TAKE PLACE,
FRASER STATED THAT IT COULD TAKE PLACE IN THE U.S.  PRESS
REPORTS HAVE INDICATED THAT IT IS EASIER TO EXTRADITE A
CRIMINAL TO THE U.S. THAN TO GREAT BRITAIN.

COMMENT: LORD FRASER’S REMARKS SHOULD BE TAKEN
SERIOUSLY.  IT HAS BEEN EXPECTED THAT IF REPORTS FROM THE
LOCKERBIE TASK FORCE ARE INSUFFICIENT TO BRING ANYONE TO
TRIAL, FRASER WOULD DISCUSS CLOSING DOWN THE INVESTIGATION
WITH CHIEF CONSTABLE ESSON. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT A
CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF POLITICAL PRESSURE IS BEING FELT BY
LORD FRASER TO BRING THE CASE TO RESOLUTION AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE.  EVEN THE AMERICAN RELATIVES OF VICTIMS GROUP HAS
PUBLICLY ENDORSED FRASER’S STATEMENTS.  IT IS UNCLEAR WHY
FRASER STATED THAT TRIAL COULD TAKE PLACE IN THE U.S. RATHER
THAN IN GREAT BRITAIN. BECAUSE THE EXTRADITION PROCESS IS
GOVERNED BY BILATERAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN NATIONS, IT IS
LIKELY THAT THE U.S. AND BRITAIN SHARE SIMILAR AGREEMENTS
WITH OTHER COUNTRIES.

SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS WILL BE FELT IF FRASER
CLOSES THE CASE AND DIVULGES INFORNATIOH DERIVED FROM THE
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. THE DISCLOSURE OF MUCH OF THE
INFORMATION POSSESSED BY FRASER COULD SERIOUSLY JEDPARDIZE
U.S. PROSECUTIVE EFFORTS. VARIOUS INTELLIGENCE AND POLICE
ACTIVITIES, SOURCES, AND METHODS – AS WELL AS THE IDENTITIES
OF INVESTIGATORS AND SUSPECTS – MAY BECOME PUBLIC. SHOULD
THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION BE DISCLOSED, IT COULD HAVE A
NEGATIVE IMPACT ON FUTURE RELATIONS AMONG THE VARIOUS
INTELLIGENCE AND POLICE ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED WITH RESPECT
THE SHARING OF SENSITIVE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AND POLICE
INFORMATION.

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