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Lockerbie bombing: Scotland can be a Stasi employee consult

About 30 years after the assassination of Lockerbie, the German authorities interrogate Ex-Stasi-employees as witnesses. Follow the Request of Scottish investigators. The hope of enlightenment about the background.

270 people were killed, as at 21. In December 1988, a Jumbo Jet of the American airline Pan Am over the Scottish village of Lockerbie crash.

investigators were only of a technical Defect, until in the Luggage container of the destroyed plane traces of explosives were found. Further investigations point to the conclusion an act of terror.

investigators with search dogs after the crash of the Boeing 747 in Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

questioning as a witness, to be questioned not as a Suspect

Now former employees of the GDR-Ministry for state security of the assassination. The Berlin Prosecutor General's office reported that there are appropriate legal assistance from Scotland for the investigation of the backgrounds. Further details could not currently be reported.

The Prosecutor's office in Frankfurt (Oder) had received five "European investigation orders". Former employees of the state security of the GDR, however, were not interrogated as a Suspect. There was no hearing of witnesses, had stressed a spokeswoman.

Libyan intelligence officials had denied to be placed fact,

Actually the case, legally it would have to the files. A Scottish court was convicted in 2001 that the Libyan secret agent Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi to life imprisonment.

Until his death in 2012, he had disputed for the attack responsible. But the Scottish authorities did not give up even 30 years later, the investigation.

Abdelbaset al Megrahi (li.) - here with Saif al Islam Gaddafi has been welcomed after his pardon in 2009 as a Hero in Tripoli.

The "terror" of the Stasi

Report by the trade newspaper that should the now have heard of the former Stasi-employees, former members of the "main Department XXII".

The Department should monitor the terrorist scene in Western Europe and the Middle East. In 1988, they had 248 employees, of the employees, especially with links to terrorist organizations.

The Ministry for state security of the GDR (MfS; short-Stasi) is accused of, among others, stays, among other things, of the RAF members and the "Carlos group" in the GDR tolerated.

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