Scotland's First Minister, part of the cover-up?
On 9 June 2011, Al Jazeera aired a documentary providing new evidence that 'the Lockerbie bomber' is innocent.
Al Jazeera gained exclusive access to material gathered by George Thomson, an investigator used by Abdelbaset Megrahi's defence team.
The documentary features secretly recorded footage of Thomson speaking with Maltese witness Tony Gauci.
Allegedly, Megrahi bought from Gauci a shirt, which was then wrapped around the bomb.
The tapes of the conversation were confiscated in a widely reported Scottish police raid onThomson's home in 2002.
He subsequently got them back and this is the first time they are seen by the public.
Gauci was taken on several all expenses paid trips to Scotland, which went beyond the normal police relationship with a witness.
Thomson concludes in the film:
"And I remember one very important bit [Gauci] said - they [the police] wanted - to make sure I was saying the same things, saying the right things. So there was no doubt at all Mr. Gauci was coached."
The shirt is brought into question in the film.
Gauci testified that he sold Megrahi a men's 16.5 collar shirt.
But in the programme, Thomson tracks down the manufacturers and suppliers of the shirt, who say that the fragments show it was actually a boy's size shirt.
This was revealed to investigators at the time, but was never brought into court.
Thomson said about this:
"As you can see there today he’s stuck right by his story in that he can say with some certainty that what he has there is a boy’s shirt. And at the risk of boring you can’t describe just how important that is. It’s crucial to the case. It breaks the chain completely."
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