“While you have been in America, Mr. Giaka, have you encountered someone called Mitty, first name Walter?”
Richard Keen QC
On August 11 1988, Majid Giaka returns to US Embassy. Giaka will become the super star witness of the Crown in their case against the two Libyans accused of the bombing of Pan Am 103. Curiously enough, the CIA knew all along that Giaka knew absolutely nothing about the tragedy.
On August 22 2000, at the Zeist trial, Bill Taylor QC for Megrahi stunned the audience of the Court when he revealed that the Crown had access to CIA cables regarding Giaka that the defense team had not seen.
The Lord Advocate Colin Boyd replied that there was nothing in these cables that would reflect on the credibility of Giaka.
“The learned Advocate Depute reached the conclusion that there was nothing within the cables which bore on the defense case,” Boyd stated.
A CIA cable sent during the summer 1989 is proving otherwise. The cable reads: “Giaka will also be told that we will only continue his salary through the end of 1989. If Giaka is not able to demonstrate sustained and defined access to information of intelligence value by January 1990, the CIA will cease all salary and financial support until such access can be proven.”
And there it is in black and white. Many months after the bombing of Pan Am 103, Giaka had not provided any valuable information whatsoever to the CIA, let alone information about the Lockerbie tragedy.
Giaka had actually been asked explicitly about the bombing of Pan Am 103 and told his handlers he knew nothing about it. And yet, eleven years later, he will testify that the authors of this odious crime were two of his former colleagues. Vincent Cannistraro, who led the CIA Lockerbie investigation, called Giaka a “slug”.
Tehran seeks denunciation of Iraq as aggressor
Today, Rafsanjani said that a United Nations inquiry must condemn Iraq as the aggressor in the Persian Gulf.
The acting commander of the Iranian military and Speaker of Parliament warned the audience of a conference to discuss ”aggression and defense” that the lack of such condemnation will have grave consequences for the region.
“We have accepted the resolution with the hope that on the committee determining the responsibility of the aggressor, they are serious,” Hojatolislam Rafsanjani said.
“We hope events do not take place that make us think they have told us lies. If we have such a feeling, this might have grave consequences for the region.”
Major General Slovko Jovic of Yugoslavia was appointed today by the United Nations to command the military observer force in Iran and Iraq.
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