Lockerbie Defense Say Prosecution Witness was Spy

Published June 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Defense lawyers in the Lockerbie trial said that a Swiss businessman who supplied the timer which triggered the bomb had collaborated with the East German secret police (Stasi), reported the BBC.online.  

The Scottish court in the Netherlands was told that Edwin Bollier, 62, was given cash advances of more than one million Swiss francs during the 1970s and 1980s for equipment he later supplied to the Stasi.  

He also tried to procure a manual for them so that they could penetrate a complex coding system used by the then West German secret service.  

Lawyer Richard Keen, representing the Libyan suspect, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, described Bollier as having "spied and collaborated" with the Stasi, said the BBC.  

But Bollier replied that "this is not spying, it's just organizing a manual they could not get themselves."  

He also denied the lawyer's suggestions that a letter he sent to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after the bombing in which he blamed Libya for the atrocity was done at the instigation of the Stasi, according to the BBC.  

Bollier, who had long-term business links with the Libyan army, insisted he was ordered to implicate Libya by a "mystery man" from the "secret services" who turned up at the offices of his firm Mebo in Zurich about a week after the disaster, added BBC.  

He denied he invented the "mystery man" to disguise his links with the Stasi and rejected allegations of deception.  

The case against the two accused was adjourned until Tuesday when former members of the Stasi are expected to give evidence, according to the BBC - Albawaba.com  

 

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