London, a hub for Gaddafi aides

Published on 1 April 2011 at 12:05

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“Britain in talks with 10 more Gaddafi aides,” headlinesThe Independent, after the arrival in London of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa. A former head of the Libyan secret service from 1994 to 2009, he is suspected of involvement in the assassination of several Libyan dissidents in London, while Scottish prosecutors have announced they want to interview him in connection to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Although Koussa does not benefit from any official immunity from British or international prosecution, Downing Street sources have indicated that he is “more likely be treated as a witness,” explains the London daily. For Libération, “the way in which London handles the presence of this special guest on its territory could determine the future of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.” Several sources have suggested that Moussa Koussa will be allowed to continue on his way to a third country, “which could reassure others preparing to abandon the regime,” points out Libé. In the meantime, The Independent reports that several senior Libyan government officials are now involved in negotiations with London.

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