Scottish authorities and the US Department of Justice have charged two Libyans with carrying out the attack: Abd al-Basit Al-Megrahi, a senior Libyan intelligence official, and Lamen Fhimah, the former manager of the Libyan Arab Airlines (LAA) office of Malta. The charges are based on clear evidence that Al-Megrahi, Fhimah, and other unidentified coconspirators planned to bomb Pan Am 103 by:
-- Obtaining and attaching an appropriately marked Air Malta tag that circumvented baggage security measures and routed the bag containing the bomb to the Pan Am feeder flight to Heathrow and then to Pan Am 103. -- Setting the timer that activated the device so that the bomb would explode about one hour after Pan Am 103 was scheduled to depart Heathrow Airport in London. -- Using the knowledge and access gained from their official status as representatives of Libyan Arab Airlines (LAA) to facilitate the operation at Valletta's Luqa airport. This would have enabled them to bypass security checks and ensure that the suitcase containing the bomb was inserted into the baggage of an Air Malta flight to Frankfurt.
Al-Megrahi, a senior Libyan intelligence official, acted with the approval of the highest levels of the Libyan Government. It is believed thay Sa'id Rashid--a leading architect and executor of Libya's anti-US and antidissident terrorist policies for the last decade, and a member of the Libyan Government's inner circle--was the senior government official who orchestrated the attack. An operation of this sophistication and magnitude, involving people so close to the Libyan leadership, could have been undertaken only with the approval of senior Libyan officials.
Furthermore, LAA during the 1970's and 1980's was the engine by which terrorist acts were orchestrated throughout the world on various airliners, including a host of attempts on US-bound Pan Am flights. Libyan Intelligence officials who doubled as LAA Agents were directly responsible for this terrorist activity and such agents routinely used their behind the scenes access and authority at major airports throughout Europe (Istanbul, Rome, Paris, etc) to orchestrate the bombing campaign sanctioned ultimately by the Libyan government.
AngelAirways, how you disgrace the memory of those that died in the skies over Lockerbie and other victims of this senseless terrorism. Before any talk of LAA's future, perhaps a thought should be spared for its past.
Just something to think about of course. LAA was directly responsiblie for PA 103--no two ways about it.
Who knows what we will see in the future?
So the skull and crossbones seems a most appropriate choice don't you think?