Kussa in Lockerbie meeting with police: Scottish govt

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Scottish officials investigating the Lockerbie plane bombing on Thursday interviewed Libyan ex-foreign minister Mussa Kussa, who recently defected, the Scottish government confirmed.

Scottish police met the former "right-hand man" of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to establish the extent of his knowledge of the 1988 bombing, the country's public prosecutor's office said.

"We can confirm that officers of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, supported by COPFS, today met Mussa Kussa in relation to the ongoing investigation into the Lockerbie bombing," a statement issued by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) said.

Details of the meeting remained confidential "in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation", a spokesman said.

Kussa arrived in Britain unexpectedly on March 30 and immediately quit his post as foreign minister.

Scottish prosecutors and detectives from the Dumfries and Galloway force met with officials from Britain's Foreign Office last week after making a formal request to speak to Kussa over the incident.

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.

© 2011 AFP

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