Saturday, 2 April 2011

Gaddafi aide Moussa Koussa faces more questions

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Moussa Koussa's career

1979-80: De facto ambassador in London
1994: Appointed head of foreign intelligence
2009: Appointed foreign minister; reportedly resigns 30 March 2011
Profile: Gaddafi's intelligence chief
Lockerbie father hails defection
Questioned about whether the UK was backing the opposition, Dr Fox said the UN resolution "gives us the freedom to assist those who are helping protect the civilian population.

Scottish prosecutors want to question Moussa Koussa over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing

The UK is still seeking information from ex-Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, who fled to London on Thursday, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

Asked what should happen now to Mr Koussa, Dr Fox told the BBC he would not provide daily updates but "clearly we want to get information from him".

He said he wanted the message to reach the Libyan regime that its leader, Muammar Gaddafi, should go.

Mr Koussa told officials he was no longer willing to represent the regime.

Scottish prosecutors have asked to interview Mr Koussa about the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, which left 270 people dead.

Asked whether Mr Koussa would stand trial if evidence was found linking him to Lockerbie, Dr Fox said: "It's very clear in Britain that our judicial process moves independently from government."

Previously, Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that Mr Koussa had not been offered immunity from prosecution.

In the interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Dr Fox objected to describing those fighting pro-Gaddafi forces as the "rebels", insisting they were "opposition forces" because the regime has no legitimacy.

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