Ludwig De Braeckeleer
| Ludwig De Braeckeleer|
A Mario Scaramella look-alike
|Born||23 April 1962|
Ludwig De Braeckeleer graduated in 1984 from Belgium's Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), has a PhD in Nuclear Sciences and teaches Physics and International Law in Bogota, Colombia. De Braeckeleer has studied the Lockerbie case for many years and has published more than 100 Lockerbie-related articles on the Canada Free Press, OhmyNews, The Firm and The Gaia Post websites.
In April 2015, Ludwig De Braeckeleer established a blog focused on the MEBO MST-13 timer fragment PT/35(b) which he describes as the central piece of evidence in the Lockerbie case. According to De Braeckeleer:
- "Today we know that PT/35(b) is a forgery. We also know that at least one witness was well aware that PT/35(b) could not have been part of the MST-13 timers delivered to Libya and that this witness deliberately withheld this information from the court. At this point, one can reasonably infer that this so-called evidence was planted.
- "How do we know that PT/35(b) is a forgery? Who could possibly have committed such a crime and for what possible motives? Where, when and by whom was this forgery fabricated?
- "These are some of the questions that this blog intends to discuss and will hopefully answer."
On 31 December 2015, noting that Jeremy Heywood had delayed in releasing government files from the 1980s, De Braeckeleer asked "The SAS shooting of suspected IRA terrorists in Gibraltar, and the Lockerbie bombing." Is there a link between these two tragedies? Lockerbie campaigner Patrick Haseldine responded:
- 1 Lockerbie crime scene
- 2 Fabricated timer fragment PT/35(b)
- 3 Indictments
- 4 Trial and aftermath
- 5 The South Africa Connection
- 6 Avianca Flight 203
- 7 Documents by Ludwig De Braeckeleer
- 8 Related Document
- 9 References
Lockerbie crime scene
On 4 April 2015, Ludwig De Braeckeleer set the Lockerbie crime scene in an article entitled "PT/35(b): A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, inside an Enigma":
On 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 fell out of the sky. All 259 passengers and crew members died. Eleven residents of Lockerbie were killed.
A strong westerly wind spread the debris over two trails stretching from the south of Scotland through the north of England and out into the North Sea.
On 28 December 1988, Michael Charles, Inspector of Accidents for the AAIB, announced that traces of high explosive had been found on two pieces of metal. On that date, a criminal investigation was officially launched. The crime scene covered about 845 square miles.
On 13 January 1989, Detective Constables Thomas Gilchrist and Thomas McColm found a fragment of charred clothing in search sector I, near Newcastleton. This piece of charred grey cloth was bagged, labelled “Charred Debris” and given a reference number: PI/995.
On 17 January 1989, it was registered in the Dexstar log.
On 6 February 1989, PI/995 was sent to the Forensic Explosives Laboratory at Fort Halstead in Kent for forensic examination.
Fabricated timer fragment PT/35(b)
On 12 May 1989, Dr Thomas Hayes examined PI/995. Inside the cloth, Dr Hayes found fragments of paper, fragments of black plastic and a tiny piece of circuitry. Dr Hayes gave to these items the reference number PT/35 as well as an alphabetical suffix to each one of them. The fragment of the circuit board was named PT/35(b).
Two MST-13 timers had been seized in Togo in September 1986. BATF agent Richard Sherrow had brought one of these back to the US. Two Libyan citizens were caught in possession of an other MST-13 timer in Senegal in 1988.
An analysis of the Togo timer led the investigators to a small business named MEBO in Zurich. The owners of MEBO told the investigators that these timers had been manufactured to the order of two Libyans: Ezzadin Hinshin, the director of the Central Security Organisation of the Libyan External Security Organisation (ESO) and Said Rashid, the head of the Operations Administration of the ESO.
On 14 November 1991, the Lord Advocate and the acting United States Attorney General jointly announced that they had obtained warrants for the arrest of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah.
On 27 November 1991, the British and United States Governments issued a joint statement calling on the Libyan government to surrender the two men for trial.
On 31 March 1992, the Security Council passed UNSCR748 imposing mandatory sanctions on Libya for failing to hand over Megrahi and Fhimah. On 11 November 1993, the Security Council passed UNSCR883 that imposed further international sanctions on Libya.
Trial and aftermath
On 25 July 2009, Megrahi applied to be released from jail on compassionate grounds. On 12 August 2009, Megrahi applied to have his second appeal dropped. Megrahi was granted compassionate release for his terminal prostate cancer. On 20 August 2009, Megrahi was released from prison and returned to Libya, where Fhimah greeted him at Tripoli airport.
NB. Most facts and dates cited in this timeline are taken from a presentation made by Lord Boyd at an International Conference in Australia in late August 2001. This timeline must therefore be regarded as the legal truth.
The South Africa Connection
On 20 November 2008, Ludwig De Braeckeleer wrote an article entitled "Lockerbie: The South Africa Connection" which began with statements made by Nelson Mandela in March 1990 and Pik Botha in November 1988:
- "It would be immoral for me to abandon Libya after it had helped the ANC to fight apartheid which has been one of the most brutal systems in the world." — President Nelson Mandela
- Commenting on the victory of Vice President George Bush, South Africa state-controlled radio is reminding its listeners that Bush had opposed US imposition of economic sanctions against South Africa. But some officials are more careful.
- "A Bush victory does not mean that South Africa has escaped sanctions," warns South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha pointing out that Democrats have made progress in both houses.
De Braeckeleer's article continued:
- In two recent pieces regarding the bombing of Pan Am 103, both Magnus Linklater in the The Times ("Lockerbie questions demand an answer") and David Maddox in The Scotsman ("Was Lockerbie suspect working for the US?") refer to senior South African figures being "hauled off" flight PA 103. They are both incorrect as former UK diplomat Patrick Haseldine pointed out in a comment posted on Prof. Black's website.
- According to a Reuters news agency report of Nov. 12, 1994, a 23-strong South African delegation - including Foreign Minister Pik Botha, Defence Minister Magnus Malan and Military Intelligence Chief C J Van Tonder - were travelling by South African Airways from Johannesburg. Their inbound flight inexplicably cut out a stopover at Frankfurt, which was SAA's European hub, and arrived early at Heathrow.
- The London embassy booked Botha and five of the party on Pan Am Flight 101 to New York for the signing of the Namibia Independence Agreement at UN headquarters on Dec. 22, 1988. The remaining 17 members of the party returned from Heathrow on the SAA aircraft to Johannesburg.
- UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, had been booked to travel by Sabena from Brussels, where he had addressed a Committee of the European Parliament, to New York for the same signing ceremony. However, Carlsson was persuaded by the South Africans to stopover at Heathrow to meet with officials of De Beers. Carlsson died on Pan Am 103.
- "While it might be judicially and politically convenient now to shift the blame from the ailing Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to the dead terrorist Abu Nidal, we would be no nearer to the truth about the Lockerbie bombing. I continue to believe that, to get to the truth, a United Nations Inquiry into the death of UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is required. Let us hope that when the new US president (Barack Obama) takes office next January we will finally get this UN Inquiry," argues Haseldine.
Nailing the Lockerbie lie
Six years after the Lockerbie bombing, apartheid South Africa's foreign minister Pik Botha falsely claimed that he and a negotiating team had originally been booked on the evening Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed at Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, but had changed the booking at the last moment. In fact, the South African booking had always been on the morning Pan Am Flight 101 that departed London Heathrow at 11:00am and arrived safely at New York's JFK airport in the afternoon.
From Patrick Haseldine
Dear Ludwig, In yesterday's e-mail, you wrote:
- I have been quite busy in recent months but I kept reading the material you sent me as well as Prof Black's blog. I plan to write a few short pieces again... Lol
- May I ask you 2 quick questions?
- 1. How long does it take to a diplomatic delegation (SA) to clear through JFK?
- 2. How long in advance would the reservation have been made for a diplomatic delegation going to the UN?
From these questions, it is safe to assume that your 'few short pieces' are going to dwell upon the alleged booking on Pan Am Flight 103 made for South Africa's foreign minister, Pik Botha, and his 22-strong entourage. Up to now Lockerbie investigators seem to have avoided this issue completely, but evidence has recently been uncovered to show that Botha and the SA diplomatic delegation were never in fact booked on PA 103.
In 1986, a ban on direct flights by South African Airways into the USA was introduced. In November 1988, flight reservations were made for Pik Botha and his delegation to attend UN headquarters for the signature of the New York Accords on 22 December 1988. They were booked on the overnight flight SA 234 from Johannesburg arriving London (Heathrow) at 07:20 on 21 December 1988. SAA could not continue to New York so the booking for onward travel was by Pan Am Flight 101 departing Heathrow at 11:00. There was never any question of the SA diplomatic delegation hanging around at Heathrow until 18:00 when PA 103 was scheduled to depart. It follows that the SA delegation did not have to be 'warned' against flying on PA 103 or indeed 'hauled off' the flight, since they were never intended to be on PA 103 in the first place.
The above attachments and the self-explanatory exchange of e-mails in March 2010 (below) between former De Beers employee Gordon Brown, Dr Jim Swire and me provide more detailed information on the matter of Pik Botha and PA 103.
A quarry of source material on the targeting of PA 103's most prominent victim, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, can be found in the album of 'Wall Photos' on my facebook page.
To Dr Jim Swire
--- On Thu, 11/3/10, Patrick Haseldine <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Patrick Haseldine <email@example.com>
- Subject: Colin Eglin
- To: "Dr Jim Swire" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Cc: "Gordon Brown" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thursday, 11 March, 2010, 16:09
Dear Jim, In the attachment, Gordon Brown provides the address in Cape Town and a contact telephone number for former MP Colin Eglin. Gordon suggests in his e-mail below that Mr Eglin might respond favourably to an approach by you for information on the following matter:
- In a letter to a British Lockerbie victim’s family dated 18 July 1996, Mr Eglin wrote of questions he had put to South African Justice Minister Dullah Omar in the National Assembly in June 1996.
- On 5 June 1996, Mr Eglin had asked Mr Omar if Mr Pik Botha and his entourage 'had any plans to travel on this flight (Pan Am Flight 103) or had reservations for this flight; if so, why were the plans changed?'
- In reply in the National Assembly on 12 June 1996, Justice Minister Omar stated he had been informed by the former minister of foreign affairs (Pik Botha) that shortly before finalising their booking arrangements on Pan Am Flight 103 to New York, they learned of an earlier flight from London to New York: namely, Pan Am Flight 101. They consequently were booked and travelled on this flight to New York.
- Mr Eglin went on to write in his letter to the Lockerbie victim’s family: 'Since then I have done some more informal prodding. This has led me to the person who made the reservations on behalf of the South African foreign minister Pik Botha and his entourage. This person assures me that he and no-one else was responsible for the reservations, and the reservation made in South Africa for the South African group was originally made on PA 101, departing London at 11:00 on 21 December 1988. It was never made on PA 103 and consequently was never changed. He made the reservation on PA 101 because it was the most convenient flight connecting with [ South African Airways ] flight SA 234 arriving at Heathrow at 07:20 on 21 December 1988.
- Mr Eglin gave the victim’s family the assurance that he had 'every reason to trust the person referred to' since he had been given a copy of 'rough working notes and extracts from his personal diary of those days.' In his letter Mr Eglin wrote: 'In the circumstances, I have to accept that an assertion that the reservations of the South African group were either made or changed as a result of warnings that might have been received, is not correct'.
Accordingly, I should be very grateful if you would consider contacting Mr Eglin for the required information.
From Gordon Brown
--- On Thu, 11/3/10, Gordon Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
- From: Gordon Brown <email@example.com>
- Subject: Colin Eglin
- To: "Patrick Haseldine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Cc: "Jim Swire" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thursday, 11 March, 2010, 14:56
In the society pages of a local newspaper, I noticed Colin Eglin is hearty and well and attending social functions in Cape Town.
If contacted by a Lockerbie victims association or family member, he might be willing to supply the name of the person who booked Pik Botha's flights and also the name of the Lockerbie victim's family he wrote to in 1996 in connection with this matter.
He is a friendly fellow by all accounts and if the request comes from someone having a legitimate and concerned interest in this matter, I'm sure he will oblige. He can be contacted on the telephone number I gave you.
Avianca Flight 203
On 30 December 2015, Ludwig De Braeckeleer announced on his blog "Back to Colombia… You may want to educate yourself about Avianca 203! Because it is far worse than PA 103…" In a posting headed "A Tale of Two Targets" Patrick Haseldine responded:
Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland on 21 December 1988 killing all 259 people on board, including the CCB's intended target, UN Assistant Secretary-General Bernt Carlsson. Lockerbie victim Carlsson was to have taken charge of Namibia (illegally occupied by apartheid South Africa) upon the signing of the New York Accords at UN headquarters on 22 December 1988.
Avianca Flight 203 exploded on 27 November 1989 over Soacha, Colombia killing all 107 people on board. Pablo Escobar of the Medellín drug cartel was alleged to have targeted presidential candidate, César Gaviria Trujillo, who did not actually take the flight. The intended target thus survived and went on to become President of Colombia (1990-94). Assisted by the CIA and DEA, a Colombian special forces unit, Search Bloc, succeeded in tracking down and killing Escobar, the alleged perpetrator, on 2 December 1993.
Documents by Ludwig De Braeckeleer
|Document:Was the MST-13 timer fragment planted in the wreckage of Pan Am 103||Blog post||15 September 2009||Morag Kerr||You can set the MST-13 timer for any time you like from 1 minute to 999 hours before the bomb explodes. So you set it to go off only an hour after Pan Am Flight 103's scheduled take-off from Heathrow on an 8-hour flight. Really?|
- "Ludwig De Braeckeleer on Facebook"
- "Canada Free Press articles by Ludwig de Braeckeleer"
- "OhmyNews articles by reporter Ludwig De Braeckeleer"
- "Lockerbie: J’accuse" – by Dr Ludwig de Braeckeleer, The Firm
- "Diary of a Vengeance Foretold", The Gaia Post
- "This blog is about the central piece of evidence in the Lockerbie case: PT/35(b)"
- "The SAS shooting of suspected IRA terrorists in Gibraltar, and the Lockerbie bombing." Is there a link between these two tragedies?
- "Link between the two tragedies: Allen Feraday OBE"
- "PT/35(b): A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, inside an Enigma”
- "The Lockerbie Trial" Rt Hon Colin Boyd at the 15th International Conference in Canberra, Australia (26-30 August 2001) of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL)
- "Lockerbie: The South Africa Connection"
- "Pik Botha and party were booked and travelled on Pan Am Flight 101"
- "Why the Lockerbie flight booking subterfuge, Mr Botha?"
- "You may want to educate yourself about Avianca 203"
- "A Tale of Two Targets"