Bid to quiz Kusa on Lockerbie bomb
Scottish prosecutors have told the Foreign Office they want to interview Musa Kusa in connection with the Lockerbie bombing.
The Crown Office said prosecuting and investigating authorities want to speak to the former Libyan foreign minister over the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie.
A spokesman said: "We have notified the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that the Scottish prosecuting and investigating authorities wish to interview Mr Kusa in connection with the Lockerbie bombing. The investigation into the Lockerbie bombing remains open and we will pursue all relevant lines of inquiry."
Mr Kusa fled to the UK after deciding he was "no longer willing" to represent the dictator on the world stage. He arrived at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire from Tunisia on Wednesday night.
A key player in Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime, he previously acted as the country's representative in Britain. He became Libya's foreign affairs minister in March 2009 having headed the Libyan intelligence agency from 1994 to 2009.
He was widely credited with persuading the dictator to reach an accommodation with the West and stop developing weapons and funding terrorism. He is believed to have played a key role in securing the release of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie atrocity, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi - and is thought to hold vital information about the bombing.
The inquiry into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 has remained open. The Boeing 747 jumbo jet was en route from London to New York when it was blown out of the sky over the Dumfriesshire town. Some 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 residents of the town were killed and debris from the aircraft was spread over 845 square miles between Lockerbie and the North Sea.
Detective Superintendent Mickey Dalgliesh said: "Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary are aware that Crown Office have been in contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advising them that Scottish prosecuting and investigating authorities wish to interview Mr Kusa in connection with the Lockerbie bombing. This is in line with our position that the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing remains open and we are determined to pursue all relevant lines of inquiry."
Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing, said he thought Mr Kusa "knows everything". He said: "He was clearly running things. If Libya was involved in Lockerbie, he can tell us how they carried out the atrocity and why."
A Downing Street spokesman said the investigation into Lockerbie remained a matter for authorities in Scotland. He said any decisions under the International Criminal Court process set up by UN Security Council Resolution 1970 were for the overseeing prosecutor.