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Retired officers to go to Libya

Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi
Colonel Gaddafi's regime supplied arms to the IRA

More links between Northern Ireland security personnel and Libya have been disclosed by the BBC.

It is understood retired PSNI officers are to travel to the country in October to help tackle drug trafficking.

They will be working alongside officers from the London Metropolitan Police. Five officers in total will travel.

The news follows Friday's revelations that current PSNI officers had travelled to the north African country to help train its police force.

During the troubles, Libya supplied guns and explosives which the IRA used to kill police officers.

'Experience practitioners'

The group of retired officers are part of a programme organised by NI-CO, a non profit public body which falls under the remit of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Based in Belfast, NI-CO sends "experienced practitioners" around the world to train people in policing, healthcare, agriculture and governmental issues.

It has been awarded the Libyan contract, worth more than £50,000, under the United Nations Development Programme.

"Under UN supervision, NI-CO experts will provide a 12 day training programme to 20 Libyan Drug Law enforcement officers during October 2009," said a statement from NI-CO.

"The course will be delivered by five retired police officers from both the London Metropolitan Police and the PSNI."



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