Document:Justice for Megrahi is gonna happen!
Aamer Anwar & Co.
63 Carlton Place
Scotland G5 9TW
14th April 2021
Dear Mr Anwar,
Justice for Megrahi is gonna happen!
$810 million legal fees
"But US lawyers representing the Lockerbie families had already helped themselves to 30 per cent of that $2.7 billion as contingency fees: a mere $810 million. Since those lawyers had no intention of paying back any of the money, Megrahi's appeal had to be dropped!"
The US law firm Kreindler & Kreindler, which represented 128 of the families of Lockerbie victims, could expect to receive up to $384 million out of a total $810 million in contingency fees from the $2.7 billion compensation package offered by Libya to the 270 victims' families. Kreindler's fees of 30 per cent would therefore reduce each family's $10 million compensation payment by $3 million, leaving a balance of just $7 million.
The same article said that another law firm, Speizer Crowse, which represented 60 families (30 of them British), could net legal fees amounting to $180 million.
Allan Gerson and his colleagues Frank Duggan and Mark Zaid represented most if not all of the remaining 82 Lockerbie families. Gerson's team could thus have shared, between the three of them, as much as $246 million in contingency fees.
"The compensation deal calls for Libya to pay each victim's family $4 million when UN sanctions against Libya are lifted, another $4 million when the United States lifts its own sanctions against the country, and $2 million when Libya is removed from the US State Department's list of countries sponsoring terrorism," said Mark Zaid, an attorney representing more than 50 relatives of victims.
Mark Zaid's reasoned opinion
"Once again you are promoting untruths. I don't know if you authored this bio-piece on my colleague Allan Gerson or not but you/they have it all wrong on the settlement. You should not assume all the lawyers received 30% because they did not. Nor was there any clause in the settlement agreement, or any legal requirement anywhere, that would have returned the $2.7 billion dollars, regardless of the ultimate result of the appeal.
"Instead of 810 million reasons why Al-Megrahi dropped his appeal, I will give you one: he was guilty.
"BTW, I wish I had received the amount of fees believed as I would be retired now!!!!!!
On 5 June 2013, Patrick Haseldine published this email in reply:
"Please let us know exactly how much of Muammar Gaddafi's money you personally received.
"Patrick Haseldine, Emeritus Professor of Lockerbie Studies"
Mark Zaid returns to the charge
On 1 April 2021, after five Scottish Judges refused Ali Abdelbaset al-Megrahi permission to take the posthumous appeal against his father's Lockerbie bombing conviction to the UK Supreme Court, Mark Zaid tweeted:
"Good news out of Scotland in #PanAm103/#Lockerbie case.
"We're closer to finally having this legal effort end.
"#Megrahi was convicted of murdering 270 innocent ppl in 2001, released in 2009 & died in 2012. His family have continued to pursue his exoneration.
"Not gonna happen."
Lockerbie campaigner Patrick Haseldine tweeted in response:
"#AliAlMegrahi, who promised to clear his father's name, is to appeal directly to the #UKSupremeCourt.
"That's gonna happen.
"Hope you'll support my petition when #Megrahi's conviction is overturned: 'Why doesn't Scotland Yard launch a Bernt Carlsson murder inquiry?'"
"Not gonna happen"
JUSTICE FOR MEGRAHI IS GONNA HAPPEN!
PS. As previously, a copy goes to Private Eye magazine.
- "Why Megrahi's Lockerbie appeal had to be dropped"
- "Lockerbie lawyer says £200m fee is 'good value'"
- "Libya, Families of Victims of Pan Am 103 Bombing Agree on $2.7B Compensation Fund"
- "Judges reject Lockerbie bomber family's bid to appeal to UK's highest court"
- "Megrahi's son refused leave to appeal to the UK Supreme Court"
- "Ali al-Megrahi, who promised to clear his father's name, is to appeal directly to the UK Supreme Court"
- "Why doesn't Scotland Yard launch a Bernt Carlsson murder inquiry?"
- "Not gonna happen"
The editor of News Junkie Post, John Goss, emailed this comment:
"Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was not guilty. No reasonable person believes he was today. Even dissenters from Patrick Haseldine's speculations do not believe al-Megrahi had anything to do with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
"Libya was probably not involved at all. Gaddafi only coughed up because he respected the findings of the court. Not a shred of evidence links Libya with the bombing that I know of, but I know that Bernt Carlsson was on that flight, and to my mind the place to start looking is those with the most to lose if Namibia had been given independent mining rights (what Carlsson was trying to engineer).
"Everything centred on a Western-created pariah with a lot of high-quality oil."
"You really would have to be wilfully blind to contend that sums of money like that (and the millions paid to secure star witness 'evidence') had/have no effect the outcome, reporting, understanding and continuing official obfuscation of all things Lockerbie, eh?