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Britain

Officials deny deal with Libya

September 14, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Britain's Foreign Office took the unusual step of denying a newspaper report that diplomats had reached a secret agreement with Libya that would prevent the killer of a British policewoman from being tried in Britain.

A spokesman who asked not to be identified because of departmental policy said there was no truth to the Sunday Times' claim that a secret deal reached three years ago meant the killer of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher would never face trial in Britain.

The issue is sensitive because the British government's dealings with Libya have been under intense scrutiny since the release last month of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, who is terminally ill with cancer.

Fletcher was shot dead during a 1984 protest outside the Libyan Embassy in London.

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