Bomb Timer Maker faces Court in the Lockerbie Case

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An electronics expert who built the timer used in the Lockerbie bombing has admitted on Wednesday discrepancies in what he told investigators after the attack, reported the BBC.online.  

Swiss Ueli Lumpert told the trial of the two Libyans accused of the bombing that he had designed a timer with the product name MST-13.  

A fragment of the device was found amongst the wreckage of the jumbo jet Pan Am Flight 103 which exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people.  

Lumpert had worked for the Zurich-based company Mebo and said he drew up a blueprint for the electronic component in 1985 after the firm's co-owner, Edwin Bollier, came to him with an urgent order, said the BBC.  

Two working prototypes were completed and Lumpert, 58, assumed they were delivered to Bollier's contacts in the East German secret police.  

However, the trial at the Scottish court in the Netherlands heard that the East German connection was not mentioned to police and other investigators after the aircraft was blown up in December 1988, the BBC added.  

It only came to light in an interview at the Swiss public prosecutor's office in October 1993, three years after his first meeting with them.  

Prosecutor Alan Turnbull asked Lumpert: "Have you not given thought many times over the years to the question of MST-13 timers?"  

Lumpert told the court that he had discussed what he referred to as "the timer problem" with Mr Bollier and Mebo's other co-owner Irwin Meister after it emerged their equipment had been used in the Lockerbie bomb.  

Last week, Mr Bollier told the court he sold 20 MST-13 timers to Libya in 1985 and watched Libyan military carry out explosive tests with them at an army base near Tripoli, said the BBC - Albawaba.com  

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