Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Reaction to Moussa Koussa Qatar asylum claims

[A report published today on The Telegraph website, following on from yesterday's report on Al Arabiya where Abdul Rahman Shalgam claimed that Moussa Koussa was likely to seek asylum in Qatar, contains the following:]

The prospect of Mr Koussa failing to return to Britain from Qatar caused anger among relatives of Lockerbie bombing victims, who believe he may have valuable information about the 1988 atrocity. (...)

While he was in Britain, Mr Koussa, a former Libyan intelligence official, was questioned by Scottish police about the Lockerbie attack, which was ordered by Col Gaddafi.

Relatives of Lockerbie victims and some MPs say Mr Koussa should face prosecution for his role in Libyan terrorist attacks.

Abdulrahman Shalgam, another former Gaddafi regime minister, said that fear of such legal action will drive Mr Koussa to remain outside the UK. (...)

British officials believe that Mr Koussa could still choose to return to Britain, where some of his children and grandchildren are based. But they admit that the UK has no way of compelling him to do so. (...)

Relatives of the Lockerbie bombing victims reacted with dismay and disbelief yesterday to reports that Mr Koussa was unlikely to return to London.

Rosemary Wolfe, from South Carolina, whose stepdaughter Miriam died on Pan Am Flight 103, said Britain and the US had “lost their moral footing” in the world by failing to prosecute the former Libyan minister.

“This is absolutely outrageous,” she said. “Our respective countries seem to be erasing all trace of what Gaddafi did. There were no efforts to detain Koussa or prosecute him.”

She added that American relatives had a conference call with Barack Obama’s National Security Council recently at which they said Koussa should not be allowed to leave the UK and should face trial for his role in a range of atrocities.

Mrs Wolfe said: “The Americans must have known they were going to let him go and yet we made no effort to stop it. We were looking the other way and so were the Scots. First we release his frozen assets, and then he is free to go. It’s frightening.”

Susan Cohen, from New Jersey, whose only child Theodora, 20, died, said the families must be told what information he had provided to the UK Government and to Scottish police continuing to investigate the Lockerbie bombing.

“I have never doubted Koussa’s involvement in Lockerbie. He should have been kept in Britain,” she said.


  1. They really don't do evidence, do they, the Americans?

  2. MISSION LOCKERBIE, 2011, doc. nr.1246.rtf. (google translation, german/english):

    The "HOT POTATO" for Great Britain, Mr Moussa Koussa deserted Doha in Qatar as a free man in direction > ENTCODED.
    Moussa Koussa does not look like an acceptable figure in the eyes of the West due to his involvement as the former intelligence chief in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. He and Abdelbaset Al Megrahi with the Pan Am 103 bombing nothing have to do.
    The Scottish Justiciary know exactly the real Facts, but blocked the Truth in the SCCRC-files and in the document under "National Security" (PII) for their OWN PROTECTION...
    The "Lockerbie Fraud" is now forensically provable please visit: www.lockerbie.ch

    by Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd. Switzerland

  3. Well Americans, it's your beloved Mr Cameron, the hard talkin' Libyan hatin' Lockerbie-done-by-Megrahi believer that let Moussa Koussa slip through his hands, despite his previous rhetoric on the subject. Not Salmond this time, or MacAskill this time - so we expect you to get your politicians to start criticising Cameron...and stop believing the one dimensional reporting on these issues.

  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13126845

    It's interesting that Abdel Jalil is touring Europe yet no one's seen fit to ask him where his "proof" might be.

  5. He already said. Gadaffi spent a shed-load of money supporting Megrahi and his family during his imprisonment and tried pretty hard to get him repatriated.

    Compelling, isn't it?