Scots set for Lockerbie talks over Libyan defector

3rd April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Scottish detectives and prosecutors are to meet with Foreign Office officials on Monday to discuss Libyan foreign minister Mussa Kussa, who defected to Britain, as part of the Lockerbie bombing probe.

Kussa was not offered immunity following his unexpected arrival in Britain and Prime Minister David Cameron has urged police to follow the trail of evidence over the 1988 jumbo jet bombing wherever it leads.

Members of the Crown Office, which oversees prosecutions in Scotland, and the police force responsible for the counties surrounding Lockerbie, southwest Scotland, are set for talks with Foreign Office figures.

"Foreign Office officials have been in contact with representatives of the Crown Office and Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary in connection with the Lockerbie bombing and will be meeting with them on Monday to discuss the situation concerning Mr Mussa Kussa further," a spokesman for the ministry said.

The Crown Office has requested an interview with Kussa over the bombing. The investigation into the worst terror atrocity to hit Britain remains open.

Kussa, a former head of Libyan intelligence and one-time member of leader Moamer Kadhafi's inner circle, flew to Britain from Tunisia on Wednesday and said he was resigning as foreign minister.

Libyan agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi is the only man convicted over the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988, which killed 270 people.

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet was en route from London to New York when it was blown out of the sky over the Dumfriesshire town.

Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August 2009.

As one of Kadhafi's henchmen, Kussa is suspected of involvement in the bombing, while former Libyan justice minister Mustapha Abdel Jalil told a Swedish newspaper in February that the Libyan leader himself ordered it.

Many of the Lockerbie victims' families have been calling for an independent investigation into the atrocity to fill the gaps left by Megrahi's trial.

© 2011 AFP

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