Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

New hopes of catching police killer

Policewoman Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984

The killer of British policewoman Yvonne Fletcher could be brought to justice as Muammar Gaddafi's grip on Libya crumbles, a Cabinet minister has said.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell believes the revolution taking place in the North African country could lead to the gunman responsible for the "outrageous crime" being held accountable.

"There is no question whatsoever that, following a free Libya under the transitional control of the NTC (National Transitional Council), that is an issue the British Government will want to pursue with the new Libyan authorities," Mr Mitchell told BBC Radio 4.

"I am reasonably confident that a judicial process designed to bring that heinous crime to court would indeed take place."

WPc Fletcher died in 1984 when diplomats at the Libyan embassy in London opened fire on a demonstration outside.

No-one was ever charged with her killing and suspects from inside the embassy were allowed to flee the UK.

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