THE MALTESE DOUBLE CROSS -- ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY & SCREENCAP GALLERY
[Lamin Khalifah Fhima, Libyan suspect] Since I was young, neither I nor any of my family have been involved in any political or security related matter in Libya. Nor have I ever thought of being involved in anything but my work. I've always worked for the airline companies, and I hope I'll continue working for them.
[Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, Libyan suspect] I finished the Air Transportation course in New York and obtained the American FM license when I was below the permitted age.
[Narrator] And in this, as in every spy story, especially in Malta, proverbial land of the double cross, there is a secret service defector, a Mr. Jaika with lots of cash, girls and whiskey.
[Vincent Cannistraro, CIA head of Lockerbie Investigation] The only thing I can tell you about this particular person is that he was a former member of the Libyan Intelligence Service who has defected to the United States and he is now in the witness protection program of the Department of Justice. So he would be used in a trial of Fahima and Megrahi were the Libyan government [inaudible] to release these two for trial either in the United Kingdom or in the United States.
[Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, Libyan suspect] Mr. Jaika used to work at Malta airport with the rest of the team. He was responsible for the security and safety at Malta airport. What I know about him is that he was hated by other employees there.
[Lamin Khalifah Fhima, Libyan suspect] He behaved badly towards the employees working with us, in dealing with passengers. The Maltese airport authorities know this.
[C___ Nasser, Libyan Hotel employee, Malta] He used to come here with the Libyan Arab Airlines crew. All the guests or the passengers would have to stay nights over here, and his way of dealing with us was incorrect. To the point, once I remember I had to report him to his officer, the air President of Libyan Arab Airlines.
[Acquaintance of Fhima and [illegible]] He [inaudible] a lot of money here, you know, he used to bring sometimes the crew of Libyan Arab Airlines here, which this crew they have some allowance which we have the orders to issue the salons to them when they presented this. He had the right signature for to give them the allowances, you know. And sometimes we used to hand it to him and the crew wasn't there.
[C___ Nasser, Libyan Hotel employee, Malta] There is no doubt that he doesn't give them to the staff, the crew, then he must have keep them.
[Acquaintance of Fhima and [illegible]] They ask him to return back to Libya because his contact finished, or his staying in Malta and so after a few days he came here after the hotel and he had a [inaudible] in his hand, you know. So what's wrong? I mean, [inaudible] to get an extension of around three or four months to stay here.
[Vincent Cannistraro, CIA head of Lockerbie Investigation] The fact that they have in the face of U.N. sanctions that are fairly onerous for them refused to release either one of them for a trial in a Western court of law indicates that they have something to be concerned about if they were to appear free of any kind of pressure from the Libyan government. So I don't think if they haven't done it up to the present time, they certainly have no intentions of doing it in the future.
[Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, Libyan suspect] I do want a trial but I want it to be fair. Not in a country which is both an accuser and a judge at the same time. A neutral country which can take all the available facts and judge fairly. I am confident about my innocent and the innocence of my country. I want the truth revealed. I want everybody to know that I am innocent.
[Man] Are these human rights when sanctions are imposed on a country to prevent it from protecting its citizens and denying them their basic human rights?
Are these human rights?
We are neither children nor so stupid as to believe the West's lies,
and its false expression [illegible] of human rights.
[Man] We suspect they are using Lockerbie just an excuse to threaten to bomb us.
We expect anything, such as what happened to us back in 1986.
[Man] We Libyans are innocent of this accusation and we refuse to bend our knees [illegible].