LOCKERBIE NEWS 6/11/00
Lockerbie Mastermind is Imposter (London Times)
Iran Daily criticizes Mossad's melodrama
CIA Classified Document Links Pan Am 103 Bomb to Iran
Crown witness met US agents more than ten times before the Lockerbie bombing
11/06/00 KULLHADD (Malta) © 2000, reporting from Malta
The main witness in the Lockerbie Trial, a Libyan secret service defector, met Unites States agents more than ten times before the Lockerbie bombing. Abdul Majid Razkaz Salam Giaka, currently in the Witness Protection Programme in the United States, is witness number 684.
The first time he met American official was on the 11th August 1988, months before the 21st December bombing. He met with them at the United States Embassy in Floriana, Malta. Notes about the meeting states that the Libyan man went to the Embassy accompanied by a Maltese woman, friend of him. The identity of the woman is being kept secret but we can reveal that she is a former Air Malta employee, Maria Micallef, currently residing in St. Paul's Bay in the northern part of the island. Micallef was paid for translating Giaka's first declarations. Giaka told the Americans that he was called back to Libya and he doesn't want to go but later he told them that he is going and will work for them. He gave them sensitive information about the Libyan Secret Service, JSO. He was a member of JSO.
Meetings continued in safe houses and at the Embassy even on the eve of the Lockerbie Bombing 20th December 1988 and after the bombing. If Giaka is the main witness, how he has not tipped them about the attack on Pan Am?
Meetings where held on 11th August, 14th September, 29th September, 5th October, 8th October, 10th October, 5th November, 6th November, another meeting in the beginning of December and on the 20th December. After the Pan Am explosion, he continued to meet them on the 27 th February 1989 were he gave them information about Fhimah business in Mosta, Med Tours Services Limited, which the indictment says it was a cover up for Libyan intelligence service, 11th April 1989 when he asked help form the Americans to help him do an operation in his hand so he would avoid military duty in Libya, and the 30 th August 1989 where he states when asked about security at the Malta airport that he "does not believe hidden explosive in an unaccompanied suitcase could be inserted into the handling process of Luqa".
When Giaka was paid cash and via bank account in his name in 1989 $13,000; in 1990 $20,000; in 1991 $26,000 and in 1992 $26,000.
Giaka has been described by many people I have interviewed as a very strange and moody person. Others described him as very mean and often pressed to honor his payments including debt for his rent.
He arrived for the first time in Malta in 1986. He was born on the 1st June 1960. His first work permit in Malta is dated 9th May 1986. His last work permit was valid up the 31st May 1989.
In 1986 Giaka lived for six months in an apartment in G'Mangia. He rented these premises from Tony Mifsud from Lija. He was asked to leave the place because he has not paid promptly. An Air Malta employee who knows him well told me that he was a person whom used to spend more than he earned.
On the 26th August 1989 Giaka married a Maltese woman, named Cynthia Mifsud born 4th December 1989. She was a ground hostess with Air Malta. The Maltese marriage was later recognized as a Muslim marriage in Libya on the 21 st May 1991.
Giaka regularly frequented many bars. When Giaka was here he was a very pro Libyan Regime but when he was called back to Libya he was often heard saying that he did not want to return to Libya and started talking against the regime.
Jiacka's wife is Cynthia Mifsud former air Malta employee number 1899. She used to live in Tigne Housing Estate in Sliema, Malta. She asked leave from Air Malta on the 5th May 89 so that she marries in June and take emigration leave. On the 15th May she was granted leave as from the 19th May 89. Effectively she started her leave on the 26 th May. As she never returned to work, Air Malta wrote to her on the 3rd October 89 as her four-month leave lapsed. As she has not wrote back her job with Air Malta was terminated on the 26th September 1989.
How they left Malta?
His wife left Malta on 5 September 1991 to London by Air Malta flight KM 120. She traveled with her mother and uncle. They were given club class seats. She was seated in 2A, her mother was seated in 2c and her uncle Mr. Desira was seated in 2D.
She collected the tickets from Air Malta, sales office in Republic Street, Valletta. The tickets where prepaid in Air Malta office in London in Putney Office. These where paid in the 27th August by certain Mr. Wakefield who gave the address of 24 Scaresdile, Villas W 86 PP and phone number 071 938 1478. This address and phone number where negative when research was done to track the person. Her mother and uncle came back to Malta on the 6th of September 1991 on KM 121. Until the 11th March 1992 the return of air ticket of Cynthia Mifsud has not been utilized or refunded.
Two important diaries are used by the prosecution. One is Fhimah's and the other is of Vincent Vassallo. Vassallo was Fhimah's partner in Med Tours Services Limited and they had their office in Eucharistic Congress Road in Mosta. He was a director of the company with Fhimah. Investigators went in this office and collected all air tickets, business cards and diaries. Vassallo phoned Fhimah and told him that the investigators wanted information, and he told him, give them what they want. In fact the prosecution builds the case on this evidence. Part of the evidence is about a stay in Central Hotel in Malta where Megrahi and Fhimah had some girlfriends, one Canadian Simone Palmier and Margaret Muscat. Both used to work with Libyan Arab Airlines, but Muscat then joined Air Malta. Palmier was employed with LAA from 1986 till 1987.
Giaka wanted to do business in Malta and asked Fhimah to help him with contacts. He invited him to come to Malta together. On that occasion it was sometime in 1990 Fhimah told him that they cants go to Malta because CIA went to his office in Mosta and asked questions about him to his colleague and they also spoke to Palmier about him. Giaka told him that he had nothing to hide.
The Libyan Secret Service issued a travel ban to Fhimah, Al Megrahi and Giaka because of the investigation. This shows that before the indictment was published, the Libyans knew that the investigation was pointing to their direction.
Vincent Vassallo in a statement to Scottish investigators said that Fhimah and Megrahi were at his house on the 20th December 1988, hence connecting Al Megrahi to the case and proving that he was here in Malta on the eve of the tragedy.
Jiacka claimed that a certain Vincent Vassallo, partner of Fhimah in Med Tours Services Limited, picked Megrahi and Fhimah from the Airport. Vassallo denied this when asked about it behind closed doors when Scottish investigators where investigating in Malta.
But Vassallo produced a diary, written in it on the 20th December 1988 Fhimah and Megrahi had been in his house. Later when he in 1991 saw Megrahi and Fhimah on TV regarding Lockerbie he said, "those two where the two in my house." He checked his diary and he found that there was an entry about it. Fhimah with his company organized the Grand Prix Car Rally (Paris-Dakar) in August 1990. They have organized a special social function at Ta' Cassia Restaurant in Qawra for Participants and both girl friends attended the activity.
For the last years, as from September 1991, Giaka is in the witness protection programme. Until today no information was given how he went to the States. Maltese police when asked said that they don't have any record how he left the Island. From immigration records I have seen, Giaka and his wife Cynthia (she was 4 months pregnant) last entered Malta officially was on the 7th July 1991 from Tunisia by air.
They traveled to Tunisia and then flew to Malta. Giaka in official statement to FBI states that he left "as advised to assist US investigate terrorism sponsored by Gaddafi".
His first statement of the case was taken on a US Auxiliary Navy Vessel, USNS Butte (T-AE 27), 27 miles away from Malta. On the ship there were special agent Phillip Reid, FBI official Harold Hendershot and Nicholas Hreiz, interpreter in the Arabic Language. The coordinates of the ship Butte were 0360 degree, 10 degree N 014 degree, 38 degree E. This statement was taken on the 14th September 1991. He left the island unofficially by boat and then transferred on US Butte.
If what the Malta police saying is true that they don't have any records how he left Malta then the Immigration Law was broken. No one can leave the island without permission.
The official date given when Giaka and his wife joined the witness protection programme in the United States is the 3rd December 1992. From official records until October 1999 the US Justice Department spend $324,000 in connection with Giaka, accommodation, traveling, etc. A code used on Giaka's form regarding the witness protection programme is Puzzle Piece WF 140440
In his first statement to the United States Officials, Giaka does not remember if he worked on the 21 st December 1988 when there was the Air Malta flight, KM 180 to Frankfurt, the day that the prosecutors are saying that the bomb was sent from Malta Airport. But he used to work three times a week and he thinks form the roaster that he was there on that day. Giaka says that he never saw Fhimah near the ticketing or the check in counter.
Giaka told the Americans that once Fhimah in March 1986 opened a cupboard in Libyan Arab Airlines Office and showed him a beige colored cartoon box and told him that that was 8 kilograms of TNT. Giaka told them that Fhimah told him that Al Megrahi gave it to Fhimah. Giaka says that there was "enough explosive to explode all of Malta" Quote from statement.
Giaka says that the explosive was later taken from the Libyan Arab Airlines Office in Luqa Airport, by Al Lafi a Libyan Embassy employee.
Giaka in his statement told the investigators that once or October, or in November or in December 1988 he saw Fhimah and Basset Megrahi with two others taking two luggage form the converter, and have not given the luggage to be inspected by the customs officials. One of them was a large Samsonite, hard-sided suitcase. Giaka says it was unusual for Fhimah to take luggage without being inspected by customs officials.
Giaka stated that he has never heard anyone in Libya or elsewhere discussing the Pan Am bombing, never was asked to send something unaccompanied and he knows no such circumstance. He knows no instance where explosive was placed on airplane although said that explosive could be brought in the diplomatic pouch handed to Libyan Arab Airlines by JSO and then insert on a flight. He said that he knows no such instance although he certainly is compartmented from this type of information.
Giaka was transferred to LAA in Malta in March 1986 and was here till the 7th April. Then between 7th April 1989 and 28 th May 1989 he done a fake operation in his hand so he avoid military service. On the 3rd August 1989 he came back to Malta for 45 leave days to recuperate the operation.
Then he went back to Libya where he started the procedure to resign form the Libyan Secret Service. He done the request to Fhimah his superior and asked Fhimah to pass it to Megrahi.
Joe Mifsudґs story has been published by the Sunday Times today in a slightly edited and shorter version. The link from Sunday June 11, 2000 is http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/Sunday-Times/stifgnusa01004.html
Maltese journalist Joe Mifsud has added a bit to the original KUll Hadd-article: "This is a translation of what am revealing in today's edition of Kullhadd. As you can appreciate its an in-depth investigation that took me months to establish certain facts. In Malta we have limited resources to work with, but am proud that I had investigated and am earthing the result of my investigation which was for the last 11 years hidden from the public. I have added some more notes that I had no space in the Kullhadd issue. There are some repetitions from previous reports so that people understand the whole story."
11/06/00 SUNDAY TIMES (UK) Western intelligence has concluded that a man claiming to be a high-ranking Iranian defector who masterminded the Lockerbie bombing is an impostor. The emergence of Ahmad Behbahani, who alleged in an American television interview that Iran, not Libya, had ordered the attack on Pan Am flight 103, was hailed as a potential intelligence breakthrough that could disrupt the trial of two Libyans accused of the bombing.
But the CIA has since picked enough holes in Behbahani's story to discredit his claims. He was unfamiliar with the "organisational chart" of Iranian intelligence, said Vincent Cannistraro, a former CIA head of counter-terrorism who directed the American agency's investigation of the Lockerbie attack. "It's pretty clear the guy is a fraud."
Some security officials believe Behbahani, who fled from Iran to a Turkish refugee camp earlier this year, may simply have been trying to hoodwink America into granting him asylum by promising intelligence about one of the world's most secretive regimes. Others suggest he may have been part of an Iraqi plot to undermine America's rapprochement with Iran. CIA officers were interviewing the Iranian last week in an attempt to unravel the mystery. The first the world heard of Behbahani was when the CBS 60 Minutes news programme announced last Sunday that it had found an Iranian defector in a refugee camp in Turkey. Although it did not show him, an Iranian-born producer was said to have sneaked into the camp to conduct an interview.
Behbahani claimed to have co-ordinated all Iran's terrorist activities and to have personally supervised a team contracted by Iran to blow up flight 103 in December 1988, in retaliation for the accidental shooting down by America of an Iranian airliner five months before. The story sounded chillingly plausible, and as the trial of the two Libyans entered its sixth week in Holland, the question of who they were working for remained the subject of intense speculation. More bizarrely, Behbahani also claimed to have been in charge of security for Robert McFarlane, President Ronald Reagan's national security ad-viser, when he secretly flew to Tehran with Hawk spare parts in 1986 in pursuit of the arms-for-hostages deal that prompted the Iran-contra scandal.
The claims baffled the CIA. The Turkish authorities put Behbahani's age at 32. At the time of the Lockerbie bombing he would have been 20 - very young to be playing such a role. During the McFarlane visit he would have been 18. That was the least of the CIA's qualms, however. High-ranking defectors do not usually show up in refugee camps. They know enough to make contact with a foreign intelligence service before fleeing, usually securing large sums of money for their information. Behbahani did not fit the profile. CBS had consulted Robert Baer, a terrorism specialist formerly at the CIA. By telephone, Baer had asked Behbahani a "control question" - intelligence jargon for a question he could answer only if he was an Iranian intelligence official.
"We asked him about an assassination of a KurdishIranian dissident," said Baer. "He volunteered a name and indeed, he was correct. That name is not public." Cannistraro was not im-pressed, however. "I know Bob," he said. "He's a good guy. But he doesn't know about Iran." According to Cannistraro, the name was in the public domain. It had been mentioned in a statement by the National Resistance Council of Iran, an exiled opposition group based in Iraq. The group is as worried as Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president, about America's recent rapprochement with Tehran, fearing an end to sanctions will strengthen a regime it is committed to overthrowing. Its spokesmen tried desperately to fortify Behbahani's story, calling him a "brigadier-general" and a relative of Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president.
On Wednesday Lord Avebury, the British peer, entered the debate, saying he trusted the story because a parliamentary report he wrote in 1996 named Ahmad Behbahani as an Iranian official responsible for international terrorism. The name, however, is common in Iran. Iranian officials called Behbahani a liar and produced birth records and other documents to claim that he was Shahram - not Ahmad - Behbahani. They said he had fled to Iraq in 1992 after serving a one-year jail sentence for robbery. In April 1998 he returned to Iran, where he was put under surveillance on suspicion of co-operating with an exiled guerrilla group. He was charged that year and sentenced to 10 years in jail. Last January 22, he was given a one-week leave of absence after bail was posted by relatives and fled to Turkey.
The Turks closely monitor all Iranian refugees, constantly on the lookout for potential informants. "The Turks were dismissive of him from the beginning," said Cannistraro. "If they didn't flag him to the British, the French and the US, it meant they thought he was worthless." CBS believed otherwise, however, and telephoned the White House to ask for a response. A baffled Dick Clark, President Bill Clinton's terrorism "czar", had never heard of Behbahani. He asked CIA officials if they knew about a high-ranking defector. They did not. The Iranian had also told CBS that he had documents proving his credentials. But these failed to materialise. He later claimed they were on a computer disk in Iran. "CBS was taken on this one," said Cannistraro. "It looks like they fell for the fraud."
Iran Daily criticizes Mossad's melodrama
Tehran, June 7, 2000 IRNA --`Iran Daily' Wednesday wrote that only a conscious mind will suggest that Mossad is capable of coming up with such a melodrama to compensate for the great scandal in South Lebanon and for the fact that the Iranian Jewish suspects have confessed to spying.
The English-language daily was referring to the controversy stirred up by CBS 'Sixty Minutes' news program which in a few days has turned an unknown Iranian vagabond Ahmad Behbahani into a legend, the man who has masterminded terrorist activities for some years.
Brushing aside all the claims of the defector, the daily wrote that the entire affair in fact makes a wise human become `frustrated and shocked'.
However, what makes the matter even more dramatic, is the `naive vulnerabilities of the western media' castigated the paper in its perspective column.
``A simple-minded wanderer, without really knowing the disastrous psychological and social consequences of his moves, has been compelled to make up contradictory remarks only to find a pretext for his defection,'' it charged.
In fact, some Western media have, for years, suffered from the nasty syndrome of obscenity and lies in their coverage just to appeal to their readership or audience, it added.
``Such methods only sacrifice truth for inferior material gains'' it said referring to a the `style pursued by various sections of media in the case of Lady Diana's tragic death in France'.
It should be borne in mind that in the current millennium, ``the human race more than anything else, needs to know the truth,'' it pointed out.
``By the same token, transparent dissemination of news and information and reflection of truth only is the loftiest of goals in professional journalism,'' it stressed.
The paper then went on to recall a similar such scenario implemented by Mossad a few years ago regarding a man called Manouchehr Mo'tamed.
``The contradictions in this new Zionist scenario presented as a CBS project,'' it said.
``The idiotic declarations of Behbahani are so evident that they do not require any scrutiny whatsoever,'' it pointed out.
In fact, ``the true catastrophe lies in the western media's deployment of inhumane and immoral methods,'' castigated the daily adding that ``the net result of all of this is mounting tensions all over the globe.''
Today, ``when all intellectuals and thinkers are speaking of global peace and dialog, and the human race is striving for a better world to live in, Mossad has abused humanity and freedom to cover up for its shameful acts,'' magnified the paper in conclusion.
CIA Classified Document Links Pan Am 103 Bomb to Iran
By Graham K. Yost © 2000
For years the United States Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA have laid the blame for the Pan Am 103 bombing on Libya's doorstep. But a CIA FBI classified report gives a different view.
The report -- from the following web address ---- http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/5260/fbis.html is enclosed at the end of this article.
In shocking detail, the report describes an Iranian government hierarchy plotting with Palestinian terrorist, Ahmed Jibril. Pan Am investigator, Juval Aviv says Iran paid Jibril $10 million dollars to bring down a United States airliner. Jibril did it by infiltrating a United States drug running operation from Beirut Cyprus Frankfurt London to Detroit. The United States DEA regularly put Lebanese informants on United States bound flights carrying heroin to entrap stateside drug dealers.
DEA, FBI and CIA agents ruthlessly denied a United States Government operation was compromised. Instead, they pointed a finger at Libya. But all the time the CIA/FBI's 7 page report confirmed it was Jibril and Iran not Libya that set off the bomb which killed 270 people.
The following report details meetings, movements, names and places. It is evident that the United States government knew of the Jibril plot, and covered it up to protect their own bungling that allowed the bomb to be placed on a United States aircraft.
CIA/NSA Had Foreknowledge of Planning and Activities Leading to Pan Am 103 Bombing
The following report was obtained by defense counsel for Lester Coleman via an FOIA request. Mr. Coleman states that this message emanated from the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), a US Government entity that monitors (with NSA support) foreign communications traffic and puts out a daily classified summary for interagency consumption.
In October 1997 the report was forbidden to be published by court verdict from the USA because it contains secret information not for public publishing.
23 JUNE 1989 FBIS/NOFORN/
MEHRABAD> PRESENT> HAMID REZA NAQQASHAN/ MUHMUD HASHEMI RAFSANJANI OFFICIALS INFORMED OF ARRIVAL OF PRIVATE PLANE. NAQQASHAN IS SEEN SITTING IN A MERCEDEZ AT 0830 WITH AHMAD JIBRIL. THEY ARE FOLLOWED BY MAHMUD HASHEMI FAFSANJANI IN ANOTHER MERCEDEZ WITH THREE COMPANIONS OF JIBRIL. THEY SET OUT AT A CONSPICUOUS SPEED. 0930 THEY ENTER MANZARIYYAH CAMP WHERE THE GUESTS ARE ACCOMMODATED IN A SPECIAL SUITE.
9JULY 1988>MANZARIYYAH CAMP>0730>
THREE CARS LEAVE MANZARIYYAH CAMP AND TRAVEL TO JUMARAN, RESIDENCE OF AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI. WITHIN ONE HALF HOUR WALI AND HIS LEGAL EXPERT (FAQIH) RECEIVE THE USULI MUSLIM MARXIST PALESTINIAN FREEDOM FIGHTER (MUNADIL) COMRADE.
WHILE JIBRIL KNEELS DOWN TO KISS THE RIGHT HAND OF ROHOLLAH MUSAVI KHOMEINI, MOHTASHEMI, MINISTER OF INTERIOR, WHO WAS ACCOMPANYING JIBRIL IN HIS VISIT TO JUMARAN, SAYS: "OUR BROTHER AHMAD HAS COME TO INFORM YOUR EMINENCE THAT HE IS PREPARED TO SUPPORT US IN TAKING REVENGE ON AMERICA, THE GREAT SATAN."
THE MEETING LASTED NO MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES. JIBRIL IS INFORMED BY MOHSTASHEMI AFTER THE MEETING THAT ROHOLLAH WAS IMPRESSED BY HIM AND THAT HIS SPECIAL PROVIDENCE WOULD PERVADE THE POPULAR FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE (GENERAL COMMAND).
12JULY 1988 >
JIBRIL RETURNED TO BEIRUT VIA DAMASCUS. HE REPORTS TO SYRIAN OFFICIALS THE MEETINGS IN TEHRAN.
28 JULY 1988 >
FIVE LEBANESE AND PALESTINIAN GROUPS ARRIVE IN TEHRAN ABOARD A PRIVATE IRANIAN PLANE FROM DAMASCUS.
THE GROUPS WERE COMPOSED OF SEVENTY INDIVIDUALS, SOME IDENTIFIED AS ABBAS MUSAVI, HUSAYN MUSAVI, ALI HAMADI, AHMAD AL-MEGNIYYAH, ALI AL-IFFI, IBRAHIM AL- AMIN, ALI SHAMS, BU FADI, AHMAD AL-UMLAH, ABU MUHAMMAD AL-NAJAFI.
AFTER A VISIT TO THE TOMB OF THE EIGHTH IMAM OF THE SHIITE IMAMAS, ALI IBN MUSA AL-REZA, IN MASHAD CITY, THE MEMBERS SET OUT BY BUS FOR VAKIL ABAD CAMP, LOCATED TO THE NORTHWEST OF MASHHAD CITY.
15 AUGUST 1988>
IRAN AIR FLIGHT 54 (747) TRANSPORTED A LEBANESE AND A PALESTINIAN TO DAMASCUS AFTER THEY HAD SPENT THEIR SPECIAL TRAINING PERIOD IN VAKIL ABAD CAMP, WHERE THE YOUTHS OF ALLAH ARE TRAINED IN THE ARTS OF HIGHJACKING PLANES AND BOMBING MILITARY AND INDUSTRIAL COMPOUNDS.
28 AUGUST 1988>
AHMAD JIBRIL RETURNED TO TEHRAN WITH FIVE SUPPORTERS. THEY WERE TRANSPORTED FROM MEHRABAD AIRPORT TO LALEH HOTEL ( FORMALLY INTERCONTINENTAL) WHERE THEY SPENT THREE DAYS DURING WHICH THEY MET WITH MINISTER OF INTERIOR AND THE COMMANDER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS, MOHSEN REZA I, AND HEAD OF INTELLIGENCE SERVICE NAQQASHAN.
JIBRIL SPOKE OF THE DIFFICULTIES FACING HIS GROUP AND GROUPS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT OF HIGHJACKING AMERICAN PLANES, IN VIEW OF INCREASED SECURITY AT WORLD AIRPORTS. JIBRIL PROPOSES THAT THE PROJECT SHOULD BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER PROJECT THAT CALLED FOR THE HITTING AND BOMBING AMERICAN PLANES IN AREAS NEAR THE FOLLOWING AIRPORTS: ATHENS, LARNAKA, COPENHAGEN AND HELSINKI. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A LONG DISCUSSION, AND A DECISION WAS MADE TO TAKE ON A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF HITTING AND BOMBING AMERICAN PLANES.
04 SEPTEMBER 1988>
JIBRIL MET WITH THE CHARGE D'AFFAIRES OF IRAN IN BEIRUT, HUSSEIN NIKNAM (ABU AHMAD), WHO INFORMED HIM THAT HIS FRIENDS IN TEHRAN PREFERRED BOMBING AMERICAN PASSENGER PLANES WITH THEIR PASSENGERS AND IF POSSIBLE, BY BOMBING THE AIRCRAFT WHILE IT WAS LANDING OR TAKING OFF.
07 SEPTEMBER 1988>
HUSSEIN NIKNAM, ACCOMPANIED BY MOHSEN ARMIN (HEAD OF IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE), SET OUT FOR SHEIKH ABDALLAH BARRACK IN BAALBAK FROM BEIRUT. THERE THEY MET AHMAD JIBRIL AND SHEIKH IBRAHIM AL-AMIN AND SHEIKH SUBHI AL- TUFAYLI AND THREE ARMENIANS FROM AMONG THOSE WHO WORK WITH JIBRIL,
IN ADDITION TO A TURKISH ENGINEER WHO ARRIVED IN BAALBAK TWO DAYS EARLIER VIA DAMASCUS ON A MOROCCAN PASSPORT. NIKNAM INTRODUCED THE TURKISH ENGINEER TO JIBRIL UNDER THE NAME RASHID MEHMET, AS HIS HIZBOLLA CONTACT IN WEST GERMANY AND A TECHNICAL ENGINEER AT FRANKFURT AIRPORT.
14 SEPTEMBER, 1988>
A MEETING WAS HELD AT THE HOUSE OF THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR ALI AKBAR MOHTASHEMI ON AFRIQIYA STREET IN TEHRAN. THIS MEETING WAS ATTENDED BY THE REPRESENTATIVE OF AHMAD JIBRIL, SALAH MUHAMMAD, IN ADDITION TO IMAD AL MEGHNIYYEH WHO HAD BEEN RESIDING IN TEHRAN SINCE HIS EXIT FROM THE KUWAITI AIRCRAFT HIGHJACKED TO MASHHAD IN IRAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TURKISH HIZBOLLA IN IRAN, NAMED MUHAMMAD AL HATIMI, ALSO ATTENDED THE MEETING TOGETHER WITH A MEMBER OF THE SECRET ARMENIAN ARMY "HAYRO KARBATIAN".
DURING THE MEETING, THE LATEST CHANGES REGARDING THE FIRST PROJECT WERE DISCUSSED. MOHTASHEMI REDIVIDED THE ROLES DURING THIS MEETING.
HIS PLAN WAS AS FOLLOWS: OPERATIONS COMMITTEE TO INCLUDE: HAMID REZA NAQQASHAN, MOHSEN REZA''L,AHMAD JIBRIL, ABRAHIM AL-AMIN.
COORDINATING COMMITTEE AMONG THE PARTICIPANTS TO INCLUDE: ABRAHIM ABU SAHLAN (PALESTINIAN), ''IMAD AL MEGHNIYYEH (LEBANESE), MUHAMMAD HATIMI (TURKISH), MOHSEN ARMIN (IRANIAN), ABU FADI (PALESTINIAN), ''ALI HAMADI )LEBANESE.
EXECUTING COMMITTEE: TO CARRY OUT THE OPERATION TO INCLUDE: THE TURKISH ENGINEER RASHID MEHMET, THE ARMENIAN HAYRO KARABTIAN, AHMAD AL MEGHNIYYEH AND REZA KHASKAR (HEAD OF REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS IN LEBANON ). INCLUDED WERE EIGHT LEBANESE AND PALESTINIANS WHO HAD BEEN TRAINED BEFOREHAND IN TEHRAN. THREE PERSONS WERE NAMED WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE OPERATION: RASUL QASSAB QARA''I IRANIAN CONSUL IN FRANKFURT, MANOUCHEHER TALE'' MASULEH (PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR INTELLIGENCE IN SWITZERLAND WHO HAD BEEN EXPELLED BY THE SWISS AUTHORITIES TWO MONTHS EARLIER (JULY, 1988), AND BI AZAR SHIRAZI AMBASSADOR TO GREECE. ANOTHER NAME WAS LATER ADDED TO THE LIST: DANESH YAZDI, IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO SWEDEN.
27 SEPTEMBER, 1988>
AHMAD JIBRIL INFORMED MOHSEN ARMIN (HEAD OF IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE IN BEIRUT ) OF THE ARRIVAL OF NINE SPECIAL GROUPS FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE "DIFFICULT TASK" IN THE FOLLOWING CITIES: FRANKFURT, HELSINKI, COPENHAGEN, LARNAKA, ATHENS, OSLO, BANGKOK, SINGAPORE, AND KARACHI. EACH GROUP WAS COMPOSED OF THREE PERSONS. THEY WERE TO CONTACT THE TERRORIST CELL IN PLACE IN EACH COUNTRY. HELSINKI CELL COMMANDED BY HIZB ALLAH. ATHENS CELL COMMANDED BY NURI MOFIDI (CHAUFFEUR OF BIAZAR SHIRAZI) MOHTASHEMI ANNOUNCED THE OPERATION WOULD BE INTEKAM (REVENGE).
04 OCTOBER, 1988>
DENMARK AUTHORITIES RECEIVED NUMEROUS REPORTS INDICATING THE PRESENCE OF A TERRORIST CELL AMONG THE IRANIAN REFUGEES AND SOME IRAQIS WHO TEHRAN HAD RECRUITED AND SENT TO DENMARK TO REQUEST POLITICAL ASYLUM.
08 OCTOBER, 1988>
AUTHORITIES IN BANGKOK DISCOVERED A LARGE QUANTITY OF EXPLOSIVES IN A PLACE NEAR THE AIRPORT
12 OCTOBER, 1988>
AN URGENT CABLE SENT BY MOHSEN ARMIN, ARRIVED FROM BEIRUT TO TEHRAN. IT CONTAINED A PIECE OF NEWS ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF A SPECIAL SHIPMENT TO THE DESIGNATED AREAS:
15 DECEMBER, 1988>
THE IRANIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT HOSTED A CONFERENCE TITLED: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE PALESTINIAN INTIFADAH, AT THE CARLTON HOTEL. THE AMERICAN AGENTS IN BEIRUT FOLLOWED THE AGENDA OF THIS CONFERENCE CLOSELY AND SCRUTINIZED THE IDENTITY OF ALL ITS PARTICIPANTS, IDENTIFIED AS: AHMAD JIBRIL, ABU MUSA, ABU FADI, IBRAHIM AL AMIN, ABU MUHAMMAD AL NAJAFI, AHMAD HASSAN MEHNA, SA''ID SHA''BAN AND ''ALI ''AMMAR WERE AMONG THE PROMINENT FACES. THE CONCLUDING STATEMENT CONTAINED A SUBTLE REFERENCE TO THE APPROACHING OF THE ORDAINED REVENGE ON AMERICA FOR ITS CRIME AGAINST THE IRANIAN CIVILIAN PLACE OVER THE PERSIAN GULF IN THE BEGINNING OF THE PREVIOUS SUMMER.
20 DECEMBER, 1988>
ENGINEER RASHID MEHMET AND TWO OF HIS COMRADES RECEIVED A SPECIAL CARGO FROM HAYRO KARABTIAN IN FRANKFURT. ON THE SAME DAY RASID MEHMET RECEIVED THE GREEN LIGHT FOR EXECUTING THE OPERATION FROM RASUL QASSAB QARA''I.
THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 21 WAS CHOSEN, AFTER THE IRANIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT CONFIRMED THAT FIVE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE AGENTS WERE SETTING OUT FOR AMERICA VIA FRANKFURT VIA PAN AM. THE UNSUSPECTING COURIER HAD TRAVELED FROM SWEDEN THE PREVIOUS WEEK, AND WAS TO BE USED AS THE CONDUIT TO PLACE THE DEVICE ABOARD. THE SUITCASE CONTAINING THE DEVICE WAS ATTACHED TO THE COURIER'S BAGGAGE AFTER HE CHECKED IN.
IN THIS WAY, THE BAG WOULD NOT BE TRACEABLE. THE COURIER, A LEBANESE, CAME FROM A FAMILY OF HEROIN PRODUCERS IN HERMAL WHO OPPOSED HIZBOLLA. HE WAS TRICKED IN THINKING HE WAS ONLY A MULE FOR A NORMAL DRUG SHIPMENT TO BE USED BY HIS AMERICAN CONTACTS. HE HAD BEEN INSTRUCTED THAT HIS AMERICAN GUIDE WOULD MEET HIM ABOARD THE FLIGHT.
21 DECEMBER, 1988>
THE AMERICAN PASSENGER PLANE FELL OVER LOCKERBIE. WHILE AN UNKNOWN GROUP IN BEIRUT, UNDER THE NAME OF ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS ANNOUNCED RESPONSIBILITY. THE IRANIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS VEHEMENTLY DENIED THE REPORTS THAT IRAN WAS BEHIND THE OPERATION. IN BEIRUT.
AMHAD JIBRIL RECEIVED THE FINAL PORTION OF HIS TEN MILLION DOLLAR PAYMENT. IN LARNAKA, CYPRUS, THE IRANIAN CHARGE D'AFFAIRES RECEIVED RASHID MEHMET WHEN HE ARRIVED WITH A GERMAN PASSPORT IN LARNAKA AFTER HAVING PERFORMED HIS MISSION.