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                                   Posted By: RMNEWS
                            Date: Monday, 15 May 2000, at 3:00 a.m.


               Please send this far and wide --- Newspapers -- Talk
Radio -- Alternative Media
               Outlets -- Help Shine the Light on Les Coleman


               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --

               14 May 2000

               LOCKERBIE WITNESS

               In the Uniondale federal courtroom of Judge Thomas Platt  this Friday, Lester Coleman faced accusations by FBI special agents that he had committed a crime by talking about the 1988 Pan Am 103 crash over Lockerbie. Coleman's crime,  according to the prosecution, was committed during a trial that took place in  Kentucky earlier this year.

               Coleman is a key witness in the Pan Am 103 trial, now underway in Camp Zeist,  the Netherlands.

               In 1997, Coleman was convicted of perjury for an affidavit presented in the same Uniondale courtroom some six and a half years earlier. It was used in a lawsuit
filed by Pan American Airlines against the US. His testimony blew the whistle on a massive CIA/DEA drug smuggling operation which he said facilitated the                smuggling of a bomb aboard Flight 103.

               Coleman swore under oath that a bag of heroin aboard the flight, bound for a
DEA drug sting operation in the US, was switched for a bag of explosives. His
affidavit was recently corroborated by Roland O'Neill, an airport baggage handler
whose allegations appeared in an article published by the Sunday Herald, a                Glasgow paper, this April.

              Like Coleman, O'Neill is now considered a key witness for the defense in the Lockerbie trial.

               After being convicted of perjury for his testimony in 1997, Coleman was released under supervision. But in 1999, Coleman was once again arrested in Kentucky,  this time charged with possessing forged documents. The documents in question were funds sent to him from Europe to assist him in traveling to the Netherlands for Pan Am 103 hearings. Coleman, who was found guilty of the charge in a Lexington, Kentucky courtroom, is currently appealing the verdict.

               The FBI's latest accusations against Coleman were met with skepticism by Judge Thomas Platt, who produced a copy of the Sunday Herald article. Suggesting that  the prosecution had some explaining to do, the judge granted the plaintiffs less
than a week to examine Coleman's testimony in the Kentucky trial.

               Coleman is scheduled to appear once again in the Uniondale courtroom this
Wednesday and Thursday (May 17-18) for a new hearing before Judge Platt. In the interim, he is locked up at the Metropolitan Detention Center (Brooklyn) where he has been held for several weeks. As long as he remains in prison, he will be unable to testify in the Lockerbie trial.

               This Friday, Coleman stated that he believes the FBI is persecuting him for
disputing the official version of the Pan Am 103 bombing.  He continues to            maintain that his 1997 testimony is true, and that the Kentucky charges were                fabricated to keep him from testifying in the Netherlands.


               Letters to Judge Platt are encouraged -- PLEASE SEND ONE!

               Hon. Thomas C. Platt

               US District Court Eastern District of NY

               2 Uniondale Avenue

               Uniondale, NY 11553

               Here is a link to an article with more information and
another article that can be
               sent to newspapers and radio stations.";




               The title of referenced article is, Lockerbie: ~I could
have loaded Semtex on
               doomed Flight 103"

               Mr. Coleman's Federal ID # is 47321-019.

               For More Information --

               Contact: Rayelan Allan

               831 477 1550

               Doretta Wildes

               860 342 1355



               P.O. Box 1784 Aptos, CA 95001

               831.462.3949 TelFax