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Wednesday, 4 October, 2000, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Lockerbie diary debate continues
Luqa airport
Scottish police visited Malta in 1991
The Lockerbie trial has continued to hear legal debate over whether the contents of a diary belonging to one of the accused can be heard in evidence.

Defence lawyers have argued that a notebook belonging to Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah was seized by Scottish police officers without a search warrant.

The prosecution wants to bring evidence from the diary which was taken from the offices of a travel company that Fhimah ran with Maltese businessman Vincent Vassallo.

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The two accused are Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, 48, and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, 44
Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie on 21 December, 1988, killing all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground
The two men deny three charges - murder, conspiracy to murder and a breach of the 1982 Aviation Security Act
The trial is taking place in a Scottish courtroom at Camp Zeist, in the Netherlands
The case is being heard by three Scottish judges
The Scottish Court, sitting at Camp Zeist in The Netherlands, heard on Tuesday that police officers visited the offices of Medtour Services in Malta in April 1991.

Mr Vassallo told chief prosecutor Alastair Campbell that he had set up the business with Fhimah in February 1989, two months after the bombing.

He said he received several visits from the police at the office in Mosta. On one occasion they looked in drawers and began picking things up.

He said: "I sometimes used Fhimah's desk and from his desk they took my diary, Fhimah's diary and business cards.

"They told me they were taking the diaries. I could not say either yes or no."

On Friday, detective chief superintendent Harry Bell told the court that the police did not take out warrants when they went to the Mediterranean island looking for clues

The prosecution alleges that Fhimah and Megrahi, who was the head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines at Luqa Airport, in Malta, were both members of the Libyan Intelligence Service.

It is alleged they used their positions to place a bomb in a suitcase aboard an Air Malta flight to Frankfurt, which was then routed onto Pan Am flight 103.

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