[This is the headline over a report published today on the website of The Guardian. It reads in part:]
Libya has given the green light for British police to visit the country to
conduct investigations into the Lockerbie bombing and the assassination
of PC Yvonne Fletcher, the British foreign minister Alistair Burt has
The governing National Transitional Council had stalled on
earlier requests for officers to travel to Libya, but Burt said the new
Libyan government, sworn in last weekend, would co-operate.
interior minister, Fawzy Abdel Aal, confirmed on Thursday morning he
would agree to "the early return of the Dumfries and Galloway police in
relation to Lockerbie", said Burt.
The minister, who is on a
two-day visit to Tripoli, said Abdel Aal had made the same promise
regarding the investigation into the killing of Fletcher, gunned down
outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984. "We are very keen that the
Metropolitan police should return to continue their investigation,"
Burt said. "The Libyan government is aware of how important it is."
said Libyan officials had given no dates for the visits, but expected
it to happen soon, adding: "This is a new government, I think they have a
lot on their plate." (...)
Scottish investigators want to interview Abdelbaset al-Megrahi,
jailed for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing but released on grounds of ill
health by the Scottish government in August 2009. He currently lives in
Tripoli, reportedly in ill-health. [RB: This the first suggestion that I have seen that the Scottish investigators wish to interview Megrahi. I suspect that even if he is in a condition to speak to them, he will tell the Scottish police (politely, for he is a polite person) to get lost.]
Burt told journalists the move
was an important confidence-building measure between Libya's new
government and the UK. He said Libya was being offered the chance for
security training from the Metropolitan police and the army, and that
British security and education consultants were being encouraged to bid
for work in Libya.