Iranian Defector: Iran was Behind Lockerbie Bombing, not Libya

Published June 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran -- not Libya -- was behind the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, according to an Iranian defector interviewed in a US television broadcast to air Sunday. 

The defector, now in protective custody in Turkey, claimed on CBS television's "Sixty Minutes" news program that he is Ahmad Behbahani, coordinator of Iran's overseas acts of terrorism for at least a decade. 

He is currently being debriefed by the CIA, after CBS interviewed him and checked up with administration officials in Washington. 

"He told us about several different acts of terrorism that he says the Government of Iran was not only involved in but directed, planned, financed," said Sixty Minutes' correspondent Lesley Stahl. 

The Iranian claims to have documents proving Iran was behind the bomb planted on Pan Am flight 103 that blew up the jumbo jet, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground. 

Stahl's report is due to air Sunday at 7:00 p.m. (0000 GMT Monday). 

The report coincides with the trial being carried out at Camp Zeist, the Netherlands, of two Libyans accused of bombing the Boeing 747, which exploded above the Scottish town on December 21 1988. 

Prosecutors allege that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 48, and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, 44, were Libyan intelligence agents who planted a time bomb in a suitcase aboard Pan Am Flight 103 -- WASHINGTON (AFP) 

 

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