The Courts v. the CIA

To the CIA, the Lockerbie trial's star witness, Libyan double agent Abdul Majid Giaka, was a good catch. "He wasn't just a one-time asset," says a U.S. intelligence official. "He was providing information to us on other matters." But to the Scottish judges in Camp Zeist, he was hopeless. "We are unable to accept Abdul Majid as a credible and reliable witness," they ruled. For his contradictory and unconvincing performance on the stand, they rejected Giaka's testimony linking the Libyan defendants to the bombing; as a direct result, one of the two accused, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, walked...

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