Hopes of finding WPC Fletcher’s killer were raised after Colonel Gaddafi was toppled in Libya last year
6:20pm UK, Thursday May 24, 2012
A Metropolitan Police team is to fly to Libya to continue an investigation into the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, David Cameron has confirmed.
The Prime Minister said the visit was a “really positive step forward” in the inquiry into the 1984 killing.
WPC Fletcher was shot dead as she policed an anti-Gaddafi demonstration outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in London – apparently from a shot fired from within the building.
The investigation has always been open and the Met Police said the latest announcement was “significant”, and that it was “committed to identifying those people responsible”.
Commander Richard Walton, head of the Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We have never lost our resolve to solve this murder and achieve justice for Yvonne’s family.”
A memorial plaque for the police officer
Mr Cameron was speaking on the day the North African state’s interim prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib visited No 10 and met Scotland Yard officers and Home Office Minister James Brokenshire to discuss the case.
He said his country would “work very closely together” with the UK.
Mr El-Keib worked with those opposed to the Gaddafi regime during the late leader’s dictatorship and said he knew some of those involved in the demonstration in London, which led to an 11-day siege of the building in St James’s Square and the severing of diplomatic links between the UK and Libya.
Fresh hopes were raised in the search for WPC Fletcher’s killer when Colonel Gaddafi was ousted last year, but plans to send British police to Libya have been hampered by the lack of co-operation from the authorities in Tripoli.
During his meeting with Mr Cameron, Mr El-Keib paid tribute to the UK’s role in the international military mission to protect civilians from Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.
He told the PM: “You took a bold decision when it was very difficult for many to even consider supporting the Libyan people. You took that decision which inspired many of us.”
Mr Cameron told him: “There are huge challenges for your country – challenges we want to help you with.
“We really believe in the Arab Spring and what you achieved in Libya. We will be backing you every step of the way.”
Elections for a national assembly for Libya are expected in June or July.
With the meeting coming days after the death of the only person convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbasset al Megrahi, the two leaders were expected to discuss whether any other evidence relating to the attack has emerged since Colonel Gaddafi’s downfall.