Scots want Libya defector over ’80s terror bombing
British officials will meet Scottish prosecutors today to arrange a police interview with Libyan defector Moussa Koussa over the Lockerbie bombing, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Former Libyan foreign minister Koussa fled to Britain from war-torn Libya on Wednesday in a public relations coup for Western governments who are backing rebel attempts to oust Gaddafi from power.
Families of some of the 270 people — including 190 Americans — who died when Pan Am flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988 have demanded that Koussa — a former Libyan spy chief — should be handed to Scottish investigators.
Scottish police have asked to quiz Koussa, who has been in contact with British officials in an undisclosed location. Koussa is believed to have played a key role in the release of Megrahi, who is still alive.
Scotland’s justice minister Kenny MacAskill said the interview could potentially lead to further prosecutions. “It’s never been suggested by anybody that the Lockerbie bombing was carried out by one man alone,” MacAskill said.
The British government has said no deal is on the table for anyone from Gaddafi’s regime. Britain’s Conservative-led government has condemned Megrahi’s release and criticized the previous Labour administration for restoring ties with Libya in return for Gaddafi ending his pursuit of banned weapons.
‘Back and forth’ war in Libya
BREGA, Libya – Warplanes flew over Brega yesterday as rebels fought troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi for control of the east Libyan oil town, rebel fighters said.
Near the eastern gate of Brega, a sparsely populated settlement spread over more than 15 miles, aircraft and the thud of explosions and machinegun fire could be heard.
The fighting in Brega has gone on for four days, with the rebels holding their ground after beating a chaotic retreat from near Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte.
Describing the battle in Brega, rebel fighter Mahdi Idriss said: “It is still back and forth.”