Kenny MacAskill (and – I am told – Alex Salmond) recently admitted that Megrahi did not buy the clothes that – allegedly – were wrapped around the bomb that exploded on Pan Am 103. This is not a detail. It was key evidence against him. Without this, there could have been no case against him.
As Professor Black wrote a couple of days ago:
“It is sufficient to say that in the Commission’s view any finding that a reasonable court could not have inferred that the applicant was the purchaser would render the remaining evidence against him insufficient to convict.” SCCRC 21.100
I have explained long ago why I did not believe that Megrahi had bought these clothes. (See for instance: Lockerbie: J’accuse.) There is no doubt that Megrahi was NOT the buyer of these clothes. But, what else may be wrong in that story?
Today, I will share with you some basic observations about PK/339. Remember that the infamous timer fragment PT/35(b) was “extracted” from PI/995, that is the collar of that shirt.
Here is a control sample of a similar shirt. (Dr Hayes p 153)
And finally, here is the first examination by Dr Hayes of PK/339.
I suggest a few anomalies.
To start with the obvious, I notice that Dr. Hayes had initially written: ” No IED fragments recovered”. Then, he goes on to describe the “frags” he recovered..
Less obvious is the length of the material: 320 mm. However, under close inspection, it appears that the 3 was initially a 5.
ADDED 20/05/2016 – Here is a magnified view of “320 mm”:
Last but not least, let us pay attention to the “buttonholes”. You can see two of them. Then, about 10 cm below, you will notice a third hole, exactly at the right distance where you might expect a buttonhole. Question: is it or not a button hole?
Who cares? Well, here is the issue. It is or it is not a buttonhole.
Now, if it is a buttonhole, we have a problem. Because we have 4 of them under the pocket (3 on PK/339 as well as one on PK/1978) and this shirt should only have three of them…
But, if it is not a buttonhole, the length of the shirt under the last buttonhole is much too long.