Friday, April 1, 2011

Relatives of Lockerbie victims call for the interrogation of Musa Kusa

London .- The former Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa should be questioned in connection with allegations that he masterminded the bombing of a Pan Am plane that exploded in flight in 1988 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, have claimed Thursday relatives of the victims and several British politicians.

Kusa, who was previously head of intelligence Muammar Gaddafi, defected to Britain on Wednesday. Relatives of the victims have warned the British prime minister, David Cameron, that should not enter into any agreement with the former Minister of Gaddafi. While British authorities expect Kusa can provide information vital military and diplomatic intelligence, family members want clarification on the attack that killed 259 people, mostly Americans, on the plane and eleven on the ground.

"He was the head of Libyan intelligence services so if Libya is responsible for the bombing of Flight 103 of the Pam Am Mr Kusa then so is" defended Pamela Dix, whose brother died in the attack, told Reuters. "Police should interrogate (...) urgently. There should be a free man in this country," he added.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan spy, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 for his role in the attack but was released by the Scottish Executive in August 2009, after doctors ruled he was seriously ill and only remaining few months of life. Kusa played a key role in their release and transfer to Libya, where he remains alive.

British police have indicated they are awaiting a decision by the Crown Office, the body responsible for the charges in Scotland, on whether to interrogate Kusa. "We are in close contact with other law enforcement authorities in connection with the ongoing investigation into the involvement of others with Al Megrahi in the Lockerbie bombing," said a spokesman for the Crown Office.

You do not have British Foreign inmunidadEl, William Hague, has said on Thursday that it has not been offered immunity to any trial Kusa against him. However, there are concerns that can be reached agreements with him in exchange for useful information about Gaddafi. "You have to balance what we supply to us and the rebels (Libya) with what he has done in the past," stressed the Conservative MP Patrick Mercer told the BBC.

"The fact remains that if this man committed crimes or been involved in criminal activity, should be brought to justice," he added. For its part, Dix has stressed that any agreement would be unacceptable. "It would be reprehensible in the extreme if you squander this unique opportunity to learn a little more of the Libyan regime," he said.

Jim Swire, whose daughter died in the attack but he doubted that Al Megrahi was behind the attack, told Sky News he was "happy" with the arrival of Kusa. "I'm not saying necessarily that their tests revealed the complicity of Qaddafi, but could reveal a lot about how our loved ones were murdered and these are questions whose answers we are entitled to have," he added.

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