|Iran strongly dismisses Lockerbie bombing accusations||
TEHRAN – Tehran has strongly dismissed reports accusing Iran of ordering the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988, which took the lives of all 243 passengers and 16 crew on board.
“Iran has explicitly dismissed any allegations of terrorist activities, not only in the Lockerbie case but also in all other terrorist accusations,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Tuesday.
A documentary by Al Jazeera claims the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was the work of Iran, following the shooting-down of an Iran Air civilian flight by a U.S. Navy warship.
Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai that was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988. The attack took place in Iranian airspace, over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, and on the flight’s usual flight path. All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, were killed.
In the documentary, Abolghassem Mesbahi, who claims to be a former member of the Iranian intelligence service before defecting to Germany, tells Al Jazeera that the Islamic Republic had ordered the Syrian-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command to carry out the bombing.
Over the past two decades, Mesbahi has made a great deal of money from giving false testimony against Iran in various court cases.
Wherever a file is opened against Iran by any court in the world, Mesbahi is the first one ready to be called a defector and former intelligence agent and to provide false testimony to the court, according to an article published by the Tehran Times on January 11, 2012.
On March 6, 2007, former Congressman Mario Cafiero and former government official Luis D’Elia provided evidence at a press conference that Mesbahi was a member of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).
The MKO is a terrorist organization that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic and was on the U.S. terrorist list.
Israeli baseless claims on arms shipment
Elsewhere in her remarks, Afkham touched upon the Israeli allegations that Tehran sought to send missiles to the Gaza Strip on a ship, saying such claims are clearly “baseless.”
“Since Iran has improved its position in the region and by the grace of God is increasing its interaction and dialogue with various countries, they (the Israelis) are worried and are using their old tools,” she stated.
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