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Government pledge over WPC Fletcher

The Government has pledged to raise the case of murdered policewoman Yvonne Fletcher with the new Libyan authorities after a prime suspect was named.

An eyewitness has claimed junior diplomat Abdulmagid Salah Ameri opened fire on a protest being held outside Libya's embassy in London in 1984.

WPC Fletcher, 25, was shot and killed that day, but those involved were later allowed to flee the UK and no-one has ever been charged with the crime.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a report drawn up for the Crown Prosecution Service includes the account of painter and decorator David Robertson, who saw Ameri firing a gun.

The CPS document apparently states: "The man was holding the stock of the gun in his right hand, while his left hand was near the trigger area, as if he was about to fire. There were other men with him, with one to his left and at least two others standing behind him.

"Mr Robertson made a comment to someone to his left about the gun and, as he did so, he heard the gun being fired from the direction of the bureau, a 'rapid rat-a-tat-tat' lasting for two or three seconds."

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said the Government would be raising WPC Fletcher's case with the Libyan National Transitional Council.

"This is an investigation which is 27 years old now," he told the BBC. "No-one has been brought for justice for this appalling crime on the streets of London. The Government has made absolutely clear we will pursue this in every way we possibly can."

It is not known where Ameri is living, or even whether he is still alive. The Foreign Office confirmed that it "stands ready" to help Scotland Yard detectives visit Libya as soon as conditions allow.

A few days ago WPC Fletcher's mother Queenie told reporters that she hoped her daughter's killer would be found now that Muammar Gaddafi had been toppled from power.


From Belfast Telegraph