No immunity offered to Libyan foreign minister: Britain

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Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa has not been offered immunity from prosecution in Britain or internationally after he arrived in Britain, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.

"Mussa Kussa is not being offered any immunity from British or international justice. He is voluntarily talking to British officials at the moment," Hague said.

Kussa resigned his post and said he no longer wanted to represent Libya internationally after he arrived at Farnborough Airport on a flight from Tunisia on Thursday, Hague said.

"His resignation shows that Kadhafi's regime, which has already seen significant defections to the opposition, is fragmented, under pressure and crumbling from within," the British minister added.

"Kadhafi must be asking himself who will be the next to abandon him."

Britain has repeatedly said that Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi should face the International Criminal Court.

As head of Libyan intelligence for 15 years before he became foreign minister in March 2009, Kussa is credited with convincing Kadhafi to dismantle his nuclear weapons programme and seek rapprochement with the West.

But he is also suspected of being a key player in the bombing of a Pan Am jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, which killed 270 people.

© 2011 AFP

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