|THE LOCKERBIE CASE|
in the Lockerbie Trial
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 48 (left): Security chief for Libyan Arab Airlines. Formerly director of Centre for Strategic Studies in Libya. Allegedly bought clothes contained in suitcase holding bomb from a Maltese boutique in Sliema. Found guilty of masterminding the attack and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Khalifa Fhimah, 44 (right): Libyan Arab Airlines station manager
in Malta who allegedly had access to Air Malta luggage tags. Allegedly
a member of Libyan intelligence service. Has acknowledged worked for
airline but says he left the job three months before bombing. He was
not found guilty of his involvement in the Lockerbie tragedy.
Presiding judge: Lord Sutherland, longest serving member of Scottish High Court. Known to run tight ship, with little room for courtroom grandstanding.
Other judges: Lord Coulsfield, Lord MacLean.
Colin Boyd, former Scottish solicitor general who took over case
after Feb. 15 resignation of Lord Hardie. Previously was No. 2 man in
THE MALTESE DEFENSE:
Godwin Muscat Azzopardi defended the interests of AirMalta, the Maltese national airline. An experienced attorney, he took the place of Edgar Mizzi a few months ago.
Mallia, one of Malta's best lawyers specialising in criminal law.
He formed a good team with Giannella Caruana Curran, the daughter
of another famous Maltese lawyer and currently the President of Malta
Prof. Guido de Marco.
Mohammed Abu Talb: Egyptian-born Palestinian serving life sentence in Sweden for terrorist bombings. Abu Talb visited Malta in October 1988 and was linked to Lockerbie case after raid on apartment turned up diary with Dec. 21, 1988, circled. His role is linked the sale of clothes from the Maltese boutique in Sliema.
Edwin Bollier: Owner of Swiss electronics firm MEBO, which made timing device that triggered Lockerbie bomb. Initially told investigators he sold 20 timers to Libya; later recalled also selling some to East German intelligence service, which supplied terrorist groups in Europe.
Toni Gauci: Owner of the boutique Mary's House in Sliema, Malta. Claimed al-Megrahi entered his shop on December 7th 1988 and bought an assortment of apparel that investigators say was contained in suitcase that carried the Lockerbie bomb.
Majid Jiacha: Name court uses to identify Libyan agent who defected
to United States. Claimed to have seen one of defendants put suitcase
bomb on conveyor belt at Malta's airport. Scottish legal sources say
he later backtracked under questioning from defence attorneys.
Professor John Buontempo, (pictured here with Palestian Leader Yasser Arafat) former Ambassador for Malta to several Arab countries and the Arab League, and a doctor by profession. He tried, single-handed and without official backing from Malta, to bring the trial to be held in Malta. Although he did not succeed in his mission, his efforts contributed to commencement of the trial. He died in October 2000, while attending the trial at Camp Zeist as a special guest.
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