“Abu Elias was the big centre of the investigation, but he was very elusive.” CIA Robert Baer
Among those arrested was Marwan Khreesat, who was found with explosives and a Toshiba cassette player similar to the one said to have contained the bomb. Khreesat was released. It was later revealed he was a Jordanian double agent.
The Jordanians did not allow him to appear as a witness at the trial. Instead, he was interviewed by an FBI agent, Edward Marshman. Marshman described how Khreesat told him how he infiltrated the PFLP-GC, how a second Toshiba bomb had gone missing, and about his contacts with another member of Jibril’s group, Abu Elias, said to be an expert in airline security.
Elias is mentioned in a report written by Mobdi Goben, another member of the PFLP-GC, shortly before he died. The Goben memorandum claims Elias planted the bomb in the luggage of Khalid Jaafar, a Lebanese American passenger allegedly involved in a CIA-approved heroin-smuggling operation. The luggage used for these operations, it is claimed, bypassed normal security screening.
The prosecution asked a “foreign government”, believed to be Syria, to hand over information about Goben’s allegations. Syria refused. Syria was central to the original explanation. This was that the bombing was funded by Iran in retaliation for the mistaken shooting down of an Iranian airliner by an American warship, the USS Vincennes, over the Persian Gulf in July 1988.
In December 2007, ED’S BLOG CITY posted a piece titled “The Goben Memorandum”.
On his death bed, it was rumoured that Goben has set out the entire ‘Autumn Leaves’ conspiracy. (The Autumn Leaves operation was carried out in Neuss, Germany in autumn 1988 by the BKA in which several arrests were made including Khreesat and Dalkamoni, and Toshiba radio’s converted to bombs were confiscated)
He had since died and, after a few more weeks’ delay to the trial at Zeist, the Syrian government made it clear that if there was any such memorandum, they had no intention of releasing it.
You will find on this page a link to the full text of the GOBEN MEMORANDUM. It could have been the story of Lockerbie.