2017-08-19 07:01 KST  
  RSS
Global Voices Online - The world is talking. Are you listening?
JapanFocus
Tehran Denounces the Downing as Criminal Act
[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 12 - July 14, 1988
Ludwig De Braeckeleer (ludwig)     Print Article 
Published 2008-07-14 14:22 (KST)   

Related Articles
The USS Vincennes 'Accident'
Tehran: 'The Blood of Our Martyrs Will Be Avenged'
Iran Supreme Leader Calls for Real War Against the US
Pentagon Begins Investigating Airliner Incident
American Flag Carriers Increase Security
Tehran Asserts Right to Revenge
Tehran Denies Discord in Response to Airliner Downing
Iran Refuses Ceasefire With Iraq
British Intel Reports Critical of US Shoot Down
US to Pay Iranian Families Compensation
What Strings Attached to US Compensation?
US Diplomat Praises USS Vincennes Captain
Moscow Asks US to Pull Out of Gulf
The Lindauer Affidavit
Saddam Offers Peace to Tehran
Iran Accepts UN Resolution 598
Tariq Aziz: The War Must Go On
Mild Resolution Adopted Over USS Vincennes Incident
Iran and Iraq Reps to Meet With UN Secretary General
Khomeini Reluctantly Renounces War
Israel Fears Iran-Iraq Ceasefire
Tehran Denounces Iraqi Chemical Weapons Use
Rumors of High Level US-Iran Direct Talks
UN Secretary General Holds Talks With Iranian Foreign Minister
Baghdad Demands Direct Talks With Iranian Officials
Pentagon Investigators Return to the US
Saudis Urge Baghdad to Accept Ceasefire With Iran
July Intelligence Summary
US, Iran in Talks on American Hostages
UN SECRETARY GENERAL TO ANNOUNCE CEASE-FIRE


Thursday, July 14

"The effort to second-guess the actions of the captain of that ship will be rebuffed."
--US Vice President H. G. Bush

  TODAY'S TOP STORIES
OMNI's New Approach to Citizen Journalism
[Opinion] Democracy's Downfall
Technology Can Save Money, Planet
[Opinion] Iran Defends Peaceful 'Right'
Couchsurfing in Gaza
  FROM THE SECTION
Education for a Scientific Society
Negev 'Heritage Site' Vandalized
Voices After the Shots
Taliban Attacks Kabul Weeks Before Elections
Creeping Islamisation in Gaza?
Iran's foreign minister, Ali-Akbar Velayati, told the United Nations Security Council that the US downing of an Iran Airbus 665 by the USS Vincennes was "a barbaric massacre."

Velayati asked the Security Council to condemn the United States saying the downing "could not have been a mistake, was a criminal act, an atrocity and a massacre."

Velayati acquired his M.D. from the University of Tehran and pediatrics degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1971 and 1974, respectively. He was the foreign minister of Iran for about 16 years (from Dec. 15, 1981, to Aug. 20, 1997), making him the longest-serving foreign minister in Iranian history. Velayati is the only high-ranking Iranian official who kept his post after the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Vice President Bush replied that the USS Vincennes had fired in self-defense. Bush has repeatedly stated that he would never apologize for the disaster no matter what the facts are.

Intelligence

Links between the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command, led by Ahmed Jibril, and Iran became closer in December 1987. Jibril and Velayati met in Tripoli, Libya. During their meeting, Jibril conveyed to Velayati his support "for the Islamic Revolution." Soon after their meeting, the rhetoric of the PFLP-GC began to acquire an Islamic flavor the group had never used before.

In 1996, a high-ranking Iranian defector named Mesbahi told German investigators that Khomeini personally ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103 as an act of revenge for the downing of the Iranian airbus. Mesbahi also said that Foreign Minister Velayati had carried out the planning with Libya and guerrilla leader Abu Nidal.

Meanwhile, Khalid Jaafar keeps on orbiting the planet. On July 14, he flies from Detroit to Chicago on UA159 and then from Chicago to Amman on RJA 313.

Back to the Present

On Sunday, Ben Borland, writing in the Sunday Express, revealed that Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, is set to be freed on a technicality because the Crown refuses to give to the defense a secret document believed to establish the innocence of the Libyan.

Earlier this year, arguing that it would be very harmful to U.K. national interest, Foreign Secretary David Miliband signed a public interest immunity certificate to prevent its content being revealed.

If the judges were to rule that the document should remain classified, as many insiders now allege, the Lord Advocate Eilish Angiolini will have little choice but to free Megrahi because he cannot have a fair appeal.

"If the court says this document can't be released in the normal way to the defense, then it is distinctly possible the Lord Advocate will say, if it cannot be seen that this appeal process is fair and open, it is better to say we will no longer oppose this appeal. Not because we believe Megrahi is innocent, but because the appeal cannot be seen to be fair," argues professor Robert Black, best known as the architect of the Lockerbie trial.

According to Borland, the document is reportedly "a German intelligence debriefing of an Iranian defector, who claimed Tehran paid a Palestinian terror cell to carry out the bombing, after the US accidentally shot down an Iranian passenger jet, in 1988." [1]
1. OMNI identified that document earlier this year. (See "OhmyNews Identifies Secret Lockerbie Document.")

References

"US and Iran in Angry Exchange, But Agree to Help Airbus Inquiry," July 14, 1988.

"Bush to Speak at UN Debate on Iran's Plane," July 14, 1988.

"Why Cruiser's Captain Made Wrong Choice," July 14, 1988.

--

Ludwig De Braeckeleer has a Ph.D. in nuclear sciences. Ludwig teaches physics and international humanitarian law. He blogs on "The GaiaPost."
©2008 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Ludwig De Braeckeleer

Add to :  Add to Del.icio.usDel.icio.us |  Add to Digg this Digg  |  Add to reddit reddit |  Add to Y! MyWeb Y! MyWeb

Ronda Hauben
 
Netizens Question Cause of Cheonan Tragedy
Michael Werbowski
 
[Opinion] Democracy's Downfall
Michael Solis
 
Arizona's Immigration Bill and Korea
Yehonathan Tommer
 
Assassination in Dubai
[ESL/EFL Podcast] Saying No
Seventeenth in a series of English language lessons from Jennifer Lebedev...
  [ESL/EFL] Talking About Change
  [ESL/ EFL Podcast] Personal Finances
  [ESL/EFL] Buying and Selling
How worried are you about the H1N1 influenza virus?
  Very worried
  Somewhat worried
  Not yet
  Not at all
    * Vote to see the result.   
KOREA WORLD SCI&TECH ART&LIFE ENTERTAINMENT SPORTS GLOBAL WATCH INTERVIEWS PODCASTS
  copyright 1999 - 2017 ohmynews all rights reserved. internews@ohmynews.com Tel:+82-2-733-5505,5595(ext.125) Fax:+82-2-733-5011,5077