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Lockerbie and the Secret Doc: Why the PII Certificate?
Cabinet - Office - Files - CAB - PREM
The newly released Cabinet Office files (CAB and PREM) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under John Major’s leadership.
The files are available to view in the public reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew.
Richard - Norton-Taylor - Files
Richard Norton-Taylor quickly pointed out that many entire files have been retained, some temporarily, most indefinitely.
A file dated 1992-93 on the Lockerbie bombing, the Pan Am disaster of 1988, has also been withheld.
Files - Scott - Arms-to-Iraq - Inquiry - Inquiry
Even more curiously, four files relating to the Scott arms-to-Iraq inquiry have been retained. The judge-led public inquiry that was bitterly opposed by ministers who had been involved in supplying Saddam Hussein with equipment he used for his weapons of mass destruction programme, heard devastating evidence. It included the Thatcher government’s secret decision to supply Saddam with equipment that could be used to manufacture weapons after he shelled the Kurdish town of Halabja in March 1988 with gas bombs, killing an estimated 5,000 civilians and maiming thousands more.
As for the Lockerbie file, I am not surprised. On November 2 2016, the UK Government [Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)] decided to withhold all Lockerbie air accident investigation reports [dating from 1990 Jan 01 to 1992 Dec 31] until at least 2026.
December - Am - Flight - Sky - Passengers
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.
14 November 1991—The Lord Advocate and the acting United States Attorney General jointly announced that they had obtained warrants for the arrest of two Libyan citizens: Abdelbasset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah.
January - United - Nations - Security - Council
21 January 1992—The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 731 calling on Libya to surrender Megrahi and Fhimah for trial either in the United States or in the United Kingdom.
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