The movements of PT/35(b) and various other productions to and from RARDE in
March 1999 are recorded in the HOLMES statements of DC Stryjewski (S1138AX)
and Barry Fyffe (S4260D).
The examination by Feraday at RARDE in March 1999 corresponds to his report,
prod 185, which was co-signed by Kim Simpson. This report is a direct response to
the allegations about the fragment that were contained in the Dispatches documentary,
contributors to which were Bollier and Major Lewis. The report addresses the
suggestion by Bollier in the programme that the Lockerbie fragment was handmade
and was therefore from a prototype timer he had supplied to the Stasi; and that the
timers supplied to Libya were stamped out mechanically and therefore were very a precise.
The report points out that the “replica” fragment Bollier had produced in the
programme was around 3 times the size of PT/35(b). The report then addresses the
allegation of Bollier that his technician had sawed the edge of the Lockerbie fragment
and that the saw marks were clearly visible on the fragment. The report lists the
measurements of 18 control sample MST circuit boards and notes that all those that
had the edges cut had them cut by hand and not by mechanical pressing, contrary
to Bollier’s claim. A photograph of DP/118, one of the control sample circuit boards,
is included which clearly shows the curves on it have not been cut precisely along the
The report then addresses allegations made by Major Lewis about the proportions of
the fragment in a photograph compared to a photograph of a control sample board.
The report refutes, amongst other things, Lewis’s suggestion that the curve was not
part of a circle; that the two curves are not the same and that the proportions of the
”land” are not the same. The report also refutes the suggestion that the gaps in the
fragment are different from those in the control sample, pointing out that the gap in
the fragment is in fact midway in the length of gaps on the 18 control samples.
In short, the report appears to deal persuasively with the various criticisms raised by
Bollier and lewis in the Dispatches documentary. Note however that according to the
defence experts’ examination of PT/35(b) they considered the curved edge to have
been very smooth, almost polished, with no saw cuts or other tool marks present.
This would be inconsistent with the conclusions of Feraday and Simpson, but would
also be inconsistent with Bollier’s allegation that the fragment was hand cut. There is
a suggestion by the defence that PT/35(b) was not machine dye cut, that there was
manual input, but that it was possibly machine tool cut and filed down rather than
hack sawed. (See under defence expert examination, below.)