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Saturday, August 29, 1998 Published at 08:51 GMT 09:51 UK

Gaddafi calls for MI6 trial

Colonel Gaddafi says he has evidence of a plot to kill him

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has called for British intelligence agents to be put on trial for plotting to kill him.

The UK Foreign Office quickly responded, dismissing the accusation as an "old claim" with "no truth in it whatsoever".

In an interview with Libyan television, Colonel Gaddafi said it was hypocritical of Britain to demand the trial of the two men accused of the Lockerbie bombing while sheltering agents whom, he alleges, conspired to kill him.

The BBC's Sadaf Maruf reports on the Libyan leader's claims
He also paralleled the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing with the 1986 bombing of Libya by US warplanes.

"How can they talk about Lockerbie and not talk about the massacre in 1986 of our people and children?" he said.

"How can we talk about Lockerbie and forget the assassination attempt which was organised by the British intelligence and which has witnesses to it?"

Ex-MI5 man says MI6 funded plot

His statement comes after renegade MI5 officer David Shayler threatened to publish details of an alleged plot funded by MI6 to kill Gaddafi in a bomb attack.

[ image: David Shayler: Threatened to detail plot on his Website]
David Shayler: Threatened to detail plot on his Website
Mr Shayler claimed he had been briefed on the plot by his opposite number at MI6, the secret intelligence service. He was arrested in Paris earlier this month hours after threatening to publish the allegations on the Internet.

The former MI5 man also said MI6 funded a bomb attack on Gaddafi's motorcade in which several people were killed. The Libyan leader himself escaped unharmed.

Gaddafi may go to UN

In his TV interview, Colonel Gaddafi threatened to raise the issue of alleged assassination plots with the UN Security Council.

"The British intelligence was involved in a plot to kill Gaddafi," he said. "This has been confirmed and they cooperated with the American intelligence."

He claimed Libya had proof of an assassination plot, and said Britain "protects people who are terrorists and murderers who admit to killing".

Foreign Office firm on Lockerbie suspects

Earlier the Foreign Office said there would be no negotiation over the Anglo-American proposal to bring the two Libyan suspects for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing to trial in The Hague under Scottish law.

Libya had signalled that it would accept the proposal for a trial in the Netherlands in principle but has made no moves to hand over the suspects as the US and the UK demand.

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