Iran blames ‘Zionists’ for new evidence it ordered Lockerbie blast

Police and investigators look at what remains of the flight deck of Pan Am 103 in a field in Lockerbie, Scotland, December 22, 1988.

After a new documentary this week presented evidence claiming Iran ordered the Lockerbie bombing, Tehran blamed the new allegations on Zionist fabrication.

The film, “Lockerbie: What Really Happened,” broadcast on Al Jazeera on Tuesday night, featured testimony from a former Iranian intelligence officer that Iran’s leaders ordered the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in retaliation for an accidental US navy strike on an Iranian commercial plane six months earlier. The blast, which killed 270 people, was the worst terrorist attack on American citizens with the exception of 9/11.

The Iranian officer Abolghasem Mesbahi, who once reported directly to former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani but defected to Germany in the 1990s, told Al Jazeera, “Iran decided to retaliate as soon as possible. The decision was made by the whole system in Iran and confirmed by [supreme leader] Ayatollah Khomeini.”

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