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Mystery Man Buys Clothes in Malta
[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 144 -- Nov. 23, 1988
Ludwig De Braeckeleer (ludwig)     Print Article 
Published 2008-11-27 18:05 (KST)   

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"Gauci was not quite the full shilling. I think even his family would say (that he) was an apple short of a picnic. He was quite a tricky guy, I don't think he was deliberately lying but if you asked him the same question three times he would just get irritated and refuse to answer." -- Lord Fraser, Former Lord Advocate who issued the arrest warrant against Megrahi
On Nov. 22, 1988, the authorities at Heathrow airport distribute their own warning to security staff regarding the Toshiba bomb. The warning reads as follows.

"It is imperative that when screening or searching radios, radio-cassette players and other electrical equipment, staff are to be extra vigilant."

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Moreover, the Heathrow authorities built a dummy Toshiba radio-bomb and circulated it for training purposes. Pictures of the bomb built by Khreesat and recovered during operation Autumn Leaves were also circulated.

Mystery Man Buys Clothes

According to the verdict, Megrahi bought the clothes in a Maltese shop on Dec. 7, 1988. Paul Gauci, one of the two shop keepers remembered that the man bought the clothes on Nov. 23.

His brother Tony Gauci remembered that his Paul had gone home earlier to watch an evening football game, Rome vs. Dresden. Tony Gauci also recalled that the mysterious man had come just before closing time (7 p.m.), that it was raining --the man bought an umbrella -- and that the Christmas lights were on.

The game allows for only two dates: Nov. 23 or Dec. 7. The issue is critical for there is no indication that Megrahi was in Malta on Nov. 23 but he is known to have been on the island on Dec. 7.

Malta airport chief meteorologist testified that it was raining on Nov. 23 but not on Dec. 7. Yet the judges determined the date as Dec. 7. This rather absurd conclusion from the judges raises two other issues.

Firstly, the game Rome-Dresden on Dec. 7 was played at 1 p.m., not in the evening.

Secondly, Tony Gauci had previously testified that the Christmas lights were not up, meaning that the date had to be Nov. 7.

Indeed, on Sept. 19, 1989, Gauci stated that "the [Christmas] decorations were not up when the man bought the clothing."

Then, at the Lockerbie trial, Tony Gauci told the Judges that the decoration lights were on. "Yes, they were ... up."

According to an anonymous source at the State Department, the Gaucis were paid each about US$4 million by the Reward for Justice Program.


Time Is Running Out for a Decision on Pardons- NYT, Nov. 23, 1988

Ludwig De Braeckeleer has a Ph.D. in nuclear sciences. Ludwig teaches physics and international humanitarian law. He blogs on "The GaiaPost" Ludwig can be reached at: dr.ludwig@hotmail.com
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