sources claimed that a fifth had been given to Abu Talb.
The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which conducted a three--year investigation of the case, stressed that new evidence--not presented during the Camp Zeist trial--pointed away from Libyan involvement in the bombing and allegedly towards the PFLP-GC
, and Abu Talb in particular.
But the PFLP-GC
is not the only non-Libyan suspect.
spokesman Ramez Mustapha denied any link between his group and the rockets fired at Israel on Thursday.
The activist added that Palestinians deemed factions, such as the PFLP-GC
, responsible for the protests that were held on May 15 and June 5 and during which a number of demonstrators were killed.
Ahmed Jibril, founder of the PFLP-GC
, accused in April the Lebanese government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri of "carrying out the demands of Israel and the U.
But unlike most Palestinian factions in Lebanon, which are located inside the camps and remain loyal to Gaza or the West Bank, Fatah al-Intifada and the PFLP-GC
continue to be backed by Syria.
Two months before Lockerbie, a PFLP-GC
cell was active in the Frankfurt and Neuss areas of west Germany.
has several bases in the Bekaa, the southeast and in the Naameh hills, 12km south of Beirut, where there is a sizeable tunnel complex containing Katyusha rockets and anti-aircraft guns left over from the fighting against the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon that ended in May 2000.
They blame the PFLP-GC
and the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front for carrying out the bombing.
Libyan defendants Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah are charged with the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the time of Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, but have always claimed that the PFLP-GC
This group was originally part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command but split with that group because the PFLP-GC
supported the Syrian invasion of Lebanon in June 1976.
If confirmed, the attack would be Israel's first strike on a PFLP-GC
position in Lebanon in nearly two years.
of Ahmad Jibril, a close ally to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, maintains bases and a network of underground tunnels in hilly spots of the coastal area.
is especially strong in the Yarmouk camp of Damascus that is home to some 150,000 refugees.