Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Moussa Koussa to leave Britain

[This is the headline over a report just published on The Guardian website. It reads in part:]

Moussa Koussa, the former Libyan foreign minister who defected to Britain, is being allowed to leave the country after being questioned by Scottish police about his role in the Lockerbie affair, the Guardian can reveal.

Koussa is expected in the Qatari capital of Doha on Wednesday where an international conference on the future of Libya is being held with representatives from the Benghazi-based opposition.

Koussa is said to be seeking to establish whether he has a role to play in the rebel movement along with other senior defectors from the Gaddafi regime – perhaps by brokering a deal between Tripoli and Benghazi.

It is believed he has links with some of the leading rebel figures, including the opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril.

It is understood Koussa spent a week being debriefed by officials from MI6 at a safe house before being allowed to go free. He was questioned by Dumfries and Galloway police about the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in which 270 people died, though was he was not a suspect.

William Hague, the foreign secretary, had insisted that Koussa would not be given immunity from prosecution. (...)

It is expected that he will return to the UK in the next few days after the trip to the Middle East.

The hope in Whitehall is that Koussa's lenient treatment by the UK authorities will send a positive signal to other would-be Libyan defectors as part of a broader strategy of eroding Muammar Gaddafi's position. (...)

On Monday Koussa made his first public statement since leaving Libya 12 days ago. (...)

Speaking in Arabic, Koussa made no reference in his statement to questions about his past and any knowledge or involvement in the Lockerbie bombing. It is understood he has a lawyer representing him.

[A report just published on The Scotsman website can be read here.]

1 comment:

  1. MISSION LOCKERBIE, 2011, doc. nr.1239.rtf: google translation, german/english:

    A big embarrassment for Great Britain and for the Relatives group of victims of the PanAm 103 bombing, as well as for the Western Mainstream media, because of hasty accusations of Mr Moussa Koussa in the context of the "Lockerbie bombing".

    Now is obvious, one time more, ex intelligence chief Moussa Koussa (ESO) and Libya have to do nothing with the Lockerbie tragedy.
    The ex Libyan foreign Minister Moussa Koussa is not defected to Great Britain !

    It is time to re-open appeal hearing and deal with in a legal manner Lockerbie, support on findings of (SCCRC) files and the document under National Security (PII); so that the Scottish justice system could deal with the matter in the proper legal sequence. The SCCRC found six reasons for a miscarriage of justice !

    by Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd Switzerland. URL: www.lockerbie.ch