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Pan Am 103 Bombing Verdict: Gadhafi Speaks Out

Aired February 5, 2001 - 11:31 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: We're going live to Tripoli, Libya, right now, where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is speaking out on the verdict of the Lockerbie bombing trial. This is his first public comment since the trial ended. Let's listen in.

COL. MOAMMAR GADHAFI, LIBYAN LEADER (through translator): The truth, let him transmit it.

Don't ignore these pictures. These victims fell because we were accused of bombing.

And this could have taken Berlin, and then it turned out to that Libya is not (ph) innocent of that attack.

What is -- Libya must be guilty. Otherwise, accusing them of this disaster and finding them innocent is another disaster. Therefore, they found a middle solution. So they sentenced one, and they released the other, because this would make Libya happy and with its Arab world and with Africa and then the non-alliance movement, and give some credibility to the Western Christian justice system.

And accusing one then saves America's and Britain's face. There's the whole story. Because from the beginning, we were faced with choices of Malta, Germany and Britain. Which country shall we accuse of being the origin of the bomb? This place, this accused, Libya. The CIA, the country after country and agency after agency.

It's all political. Who shall we accuse? Leave out the CIA, leave out everybody else, but concentrate on Libya for revolutionary, for political reasons.

The Western public opinion should notice, because it's being misled. And it's easy to be laughed at by the Western agencies. Let them know this.

There was some public opinion, would see the story this way. The victims' families have nothing to do with the situation in the Middle East. The victims' families are only interested in the truth. And then we see their governments play on them on their tragedy, and mislead them, and use them in political games, and sacrifice them for the sake of their imperial American policies.

PHILLIPS: Once again, we're bringing this press conference to you live from Tripoli, Libya. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says he has evidence that refutes the verdict in the Lockerbie bombing trial. He just made his statement.

We'll continue to follow this, bring you any pertinent information in regards to that evidence he says he has.

You may remember last week, a former Libyan intelligence agent was found guilty in the deaths of 270 people in the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103. And that was the plane that blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

Once again, we'll continue to follow this and bring you information as it comes.

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