SUB-HEADING: "The same defector who credibly implicated Tehran in the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires has now charged Iran with responsibility for the 1988 Lockerbie blast. A new investigation is urgently needed."

GIST: "The terrible, abiding failure at the heart of the Lockerbie affair is that despite all that painstakingly collected evidence, which pointed unerringly to a Frankfurt-based PFLP-GC cell — several of whose members were arrested at the time — as the perpetrators of the terrorist outrage, the investigation’s initial focus on Iran, Syria and Jibril later skewed improbably toward Libya. Some theorists suggest this was because of the West’s desire to avoid antagonizing Hafez Assad’s Syria, whose support it needed against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.........What’s new about the Al Jazeera documentary is the testimony of a former Iranian intelligence officer, Abolghasem Mesbahi, who defected to Germany in the 1990s. Mesbahi details the chain of responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing — executed by the Frankfurt-based cell headed by Jibril’s colleague Hafez Dalkamoni — all the way up to the highest echelons of the Iranian leadership...... The only man ever convicted for involvement in the bombing was a Libyan intelligence officer, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was found by three Scottish judges to have placed a suitcase containing the bomb on a flight from Malta to Frankfurt, from where it was ostensibly transferred to a flight to London’s Heathrow, before detonating on Flight 103 a little more than half an hour after the Pan Am plane took off for New York. Megrahi, who was jailed in 2001 after a trial in which his fellow alleged Libyan conspirator, Lamin Fhima, was acquitted, went to his death in 2012 insisting on his innocence. Year after year, ever larger leaps of faith have been required to sustain the credibility of Megrahi’s conviction. The process by which he was identified has been severely undermined. Bomb fragments that supposedly could only have originated in Libya later turned out to have been misidentified. In 2007, a thorough Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission found a series of grounds to justify concerns that a miscarriage of justice had occurred..........It is quite the coincidence that this latest information on Iran’s responsibility for Lockerbie has emerged in the very week that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a press conference surrounded by weaponry intercepted on the high seas en route from Iran to terror groups in Gaza, castigated the international community for failing to internalize and act against Iran’s relentless orchestration of terrorism. It is even more of a bitter coincidence that Mesbahi’s information is being broadcast even as a search is on for a Malaysian Airliner that vanished over the open seas with the presumed loss of all 239 people on board. Whatever proves to have caused the disappearance of that plane, the fact is that the Lockerbie bombers sought an identical result — the loss of Pan Am flight 103 over the ocean, which they hoped would prevent any possibility of proving their guilt. But Flight 103 took off late, and was blown up over land — over the sleepy and hitherto anonymous Scottish town of Lockerbie. The evidence to show who had ruthlessly condemned to death its 259 passengers and crew, and those 11 more people on the ground, lay scattered but retrievable, and was indeed retrieved. A quarter of a century later, it should not be too much to expect that American and British investigators will galvanize themselves to look again at that evidence, and if they can trace it to Tehran, belatedly bring the perpetrators to justice."