Friday, December 9, 2011

British police to visit Tripoli to conduct research on the bombing and the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher

Libya has given the green light to the British police to visit the country to investigate the Lockerbie bombing and the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher, Alistair Burt, the British Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

Board National Transitional Government had stalled in previous requests for officials to travel to Libya, but Burt said that the new Libyan government, sworn in last weekend, would cooperate.

Libyan Interior Minister Abdel Aal Fawzy, confirmed Thursday morning would agree "prompt return of the Dumfries and Galloway police over Lockerbie," said Burt.

The minister, who is in a two-day visit to Tripoli, said Abdel Aal had made the same promise in connection with the investigation into the death of Fletcher, shot outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984. "We are very interested in the Metropolitan Police to return to continue their research," said Burt. "The Libyan government is aware of how important it is."

researchers in the UK may see this as an important step forward. Detectives from London were ready to interview former Libyan diplomats who were stationed at the embassy at the time of the shooting, which was frozen diplomatic relations with Libya.

Scottish researchers want to interview Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, jailed for the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, but released on grounds of ill health by the Scottish Government in August 2009. He currently lives in Tripoli, as specified in health problems.

Burt told reporters the move was an important measure of confidence building between the new government of Libya and the United Kingdom. He said Libya offers the possibility of formation of the Metropolitan Police security and military and British security and educational consultants are encouraged to offer to work in Libya.

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