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Libya in new demand over Pc death

Pc Yvonne Fletcher
Pc Fletcher is thought to have been shot from inside the embassy

Libya is demanding that Britain give details of its alleged role in a plot to kill Colonel Gaddafi in exchange for help to solve a 25-year-old murder.

Pc Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead while on duty in London in 1984 by a gunman believed to be inside Libya's Embassy.

The killer reportedly fled to Libya and the UK has long sought his hand over.

But Libyan minister Mohammed Siala says he is "waiting for some information" about an attempt on Col Gaddafi's life in return for helping with the case.

The comments by Libya's secretary for international co-operation come as the Westminster and Scottish governments are due to publish a series of letters relating to release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Both governments are trying to prove there was no secret deal with Libya which hinged upon Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's freedom.

'In parallel'

Pc Fletcher, 25, was shot while policing a protest outside the Libyan embassy, most likely by a sniper from a first-floor window.

The killer is thought to have been smuggled back to Libya after the shooting.

Mr Siala said solving the murder was inextricably linked with investigations surrounding an attempt in 1996 to kill Col Gaddafi.

They are playing a game of cat and mouse with us at the moment
Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski

"There is this case [regarding Pc Fletcher] and there is another case when somebody tried to assassinate the leader," he said.

"These two cases are linked together and there is an ongoing process vis-a-vis both cases.

"We are giving access to information and they are going in parallel so we are waiting for some information from the UK concerning the other case."

A joint investigation between British and Libyan police into Pc Fletcher's murder was launched in 2004 and since then, Scotland Yard detectives have visited the country five times to collect evidence and statements.

'Key objective'

Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, who is the chairman of the all party Parliamentary Libyan group, called for cooperation.

"I don't see how we can negotiate with the Libyans in an effective way unless we raise these massively important outstanding issues," he told the BBC.

"One of them, my number one priority, is securing the [handover of the] killer of Yvonne Fletcher.

"We are dealing with people who are, from my experience, extremely tough negotiators, and they are playing a game of cat and mouse with us at the moment."

Muammar Gaddafi
An attempt on Col Gaddafi's life was made in 1996

In 1998, former MI5 agent David Shayler was the first to suggest Britain was involved in the attempt to kill Col Gaddafi, and two years later, a document allegedly implicating MI6 was posted on the internet.

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said officials had "assured Colonel Gaddafi that there was no British plot to assassinate him".

"David Shayler's allegations about a British intelligence plot to assassinate Gaddafi were investigated thoroughly by the Metropolitan Police and were discounted," she said.

"Securing full Libyan co-operation with the Metropolitan Police Service investigation into Wpc Yvonne Fletcher's murder continues to be a key objective in our relations with Libya.

"We are determined to give the Metropolitan Police Service our full support as long as the case remains open."

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