Edward Marshman

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(FBI Special Agent)

Edward Marshman is a former FBI Special Agent who was closely involved in the investigation into the December 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Questioning

On 12/13 November 1989, Edward Marshman and his FBI colleague Thomas Thurman travelled to Jordan to question alleged bomb-maker Marwan Khreesat in an interview arranged by the CIA.[1]

On 23 May 1991, in Zurich, MEBO engineer Ulrich Lumpert was questioned by Swiss police Inspector Peter Fluckiger in the presence of Scottish Police officers PC Buwert and Detective Inspector William Williamson as well as FBI agent Edward Marshman.[2]

Lockerbie trial

In December 2000, Edward Marshman gave evidence at the Lockerbie trial which was held at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands where two Libyans were charged with the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people. Marshman read from transcripts he gathered during Lockerbie investigations in November 1989, almost one year after Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Marshman's interview with Jordanian double agent Marwan Khreesat was introduced by the defence to deflect the blame for the attack from their clients to two radical Palestinian groups. Khreesat told the FBI he supplied five explosive devices to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command, one of two groups the defence had implicated in the bombing. The PFLP-GC was the focus of early Lockerbie probes before the two suspects, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, were indicted in 1991 on charges of murder and conspiracy to murder.

After being arrested in Germany, Khreesat began working as a double agent for American intelligence. He told them he had manufactured five bombs similar to the one used to bring down the flight on 21 December 1988. The explosives were wrapped in aluminum tape and covered in glue, Marshman said, according to the transcript. The glue was used to conceal the smell of the explosives. Khreesat also told the FBI he had met with the leader of the PFLP-GC, Ahmed Jibril, and other Palestinian extremists while working in Germany for Jordanian intelligence. Prosecutors said the bomb was packed into a Toshiba cassette recorder and routed onto the New York-bound plane in a brown Samsonite suitcase. It was bronze in colour, just like in the catalogue, Khreesat said about the tape player. It would only hold about 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of plastic explosives.

After Marshman's testimony, presiding judge Ranald Sutherland adjourned hearings of the Lockerbie trial until 8 January 2001.[3]

 

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