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22 December 1988 photo of part of the Pan Am plane involved in the Lockerbie bombing.
22 December 1988 photo of part of the Pan Am plane involved in the Lockerbie bombing.
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British investigators to travel to Libya over Lockerbie and police killing

Fletcher was fatally wounded by a bullet outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984, and 270 people were killed in 1988′s Lockerbie bombing.
Dec 8th 2011, 2:24 PM 827 3

LIBYA’S INTERIM government has granted permission for British investigators to visit the country as part of their inquiries into the Lockerbie bombing and the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher in 1984.

The bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland killed 270 people in 1988.

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted of the terrorist attack, was controversially released from a Scottish prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Doctors said he had just months to live.

He later returned home to a hero’s welcome in Libya. Al-Megrahi was reportedly spotted at a pro-Gaddafi rally in Tripoli over the summer amid the uprising that eventually forced Gaddafi from power.

British investigators want to meet with al-Megrahi and interview him about the Lockerbie bombing, according to the Guardian. He has repeatedly denied responsibility for the bombing.

They are also keen to interview the former diplomats who were based at the Libyan embassy in London at the time of PC Yvonne Fletcher’s death. Fletcher was fatally wounded as she policed a protest outside the embassy in April 1984.

Reports have suggested that the policewoman was killed by a bullet fired from within the embassy. No one has ever been charged over her death.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in early September that Libya’s National Transitional Council had agreed to “cooperate fully” with the investigation into Fletcher’s death.

It is not clear when the investigators will travel to Libya.

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