Archive for Lybia

What was Mr Blair’s role in Megrahi’s release?

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by admin

The Independent had an article some days ago about this that is interesting reading:

MPs are set to demand the minutes of an extraordinary cloak-and-dagger summit in London between British, American and Libyan spies held three days before Mr Blair announced that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was surrendering his weapons of mass destruction programme.

At the time of the secret meeting in December 2003 at the private Travellers Club in Pall Mall, London – for decades the favourite haunt of spies – Libyan officials were pressing for negotiations on the status of Megrahi, who was nearly three years into his life sentence at a Scottish jail.

 Was Mehgrahi’s release mentioned on that particular meeting? Perhaps 2003 seems somewhat far away but it would help us to understand the actual role of the three parties here.

Before:
Lybian Govt paid doctors to secure Megrahi’s release
Who really freed Megrahi?
UK Ministers release letters about Lockerbie deal.
Lockerbie bomber on show at Gadhafi’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Lybia’s Gadhaffi: the forgotten story of his links to terror.
Brown denies deal for Megrahi.
Jack Straw’s letter on Megrahi’s release
Scotland denies any oil deal in Mehgrahi case.
US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release.
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

Britain’s Home Office releases terrorist suspect

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, court decisions with tags , on September 7, 2009 by admin

Another Lybian:

Britain’s Home Office has released a man from a house-arrest style program only weeks before a hearing in which the government might have been forced to disclose the intelligence that led to his arrest, a newspaper reported Monday.

The Times of London said the man — a Libyan-British dual national identified only as AF — was released last week.

He had been part of the so-called “control order” program, which allows the government to tell terror suspects where they can live and when they can leave their homes.

The reported release comes after Britain’s highest court decided the orders were illegal in some cases because the suspects had not been given sufficient details of the cases against them. The paper quoted Carl Richmond, an attorney acting for AF, as saying he has had his electronic tag removed and is “trying to readjust to normal life.”

Gordon Brown won’t press Lybia over compensation for IRA’s victims

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy, funding with tags , , , , on September 6, 2009 by admin

Gordon Brown declined to put formal pressure on Libya to get compensation for IRA victims, No 10 has confirmed.The victims say Libya should pay compensation because it supplied the IRA with explosives used in atrocities.

Mr Brown told a victims’ lawyer it was not “appropriate” to discuss the claims, but aides have denied he was trying to protect oil deals with Libya.

Related:
Lybia’s Gadhaffi: the forgotten story of his links to terror.
Will Lybia compensate IRA victims?.

Hannibal Gaddafi’s detention: Wilmshurst to defend Switzerland in Tribunal

Posted in court decisions with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by admin

Switzerland has chosen an “iconic” British lawyer to sit on a tribunal probing the arrest of Moammar Gaddafi’s son.

Elizabeth Wilmshurst came to public notice in 2003 when she stepped down from the British Foreign Office in disagreement over the legality of the Iraq war. Two years later the details of her resignation were made public under the Freedom of Information Act and reignited controversies over the war.

Wilmshurst, now an international law specialist at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and a professor at University College London, will represent Switzerland on a three-party tribunal that is being set up to review the 2008 arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife for assaulting two domestic employees.

According to an agreement signed in Tripoli by the Swiss president, Hans-Rudolf Merz, and the Libyan prime minister, al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, on August 20, each country must designate an independent representative to the tribunal. The tribunal will sit in London and be presided over by a third arbitrator.

Related:
Oil seen as key to Swiss-Libyan relations

Who really freed Melgrahi?

Posted in arrested terrorists, foreign policy, society with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2009 by admin

So far every attempt to show that London applied pressure on Edinburgh has demonstrated only that Downing Street and the Foreign Office profoundly desired an outcome they could not command. Messrs Brown and Straw wanted Megrahi to go home. But there are many things this Labour Government would like the SNP to do and it has done none of them. ‘I want’ rarely gets when you are asking a determined opponent.

The most likely explanation is that the SNP chose to strut their stuff on the international stage by taking a diplomatically sensitive decision that they imagined would damage the UK more than it damaged Scotland and protect the Scottish legal system from the scrutiny that would have occurred during Megrahi’s abandoned appeal. Lazy journalism may help to prove them right, though the Scottish economy will suffer if Americans stop visiting.”

Before:
UK Ministers release letters about Lockerbie deal.
Lockerbie bomber on show at Gadhafi’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Lybia’s Gadhaffi: the forgotten story of his links to terror.
Brown denies deal for Megrahi.
Jack Straw’s letter on Megrahi’s release
Scotland denies any oil deal in Mehgrahi case.
US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release.
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.

Chávez’s statements in Lybia

Posted in foreign policy with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by admin

It is interesting to see the degree of confidence or security that Chávez feels leaving Venezuela without worrying about the risk that perhaps he might not be able to come back. Right now the people of Venezuela are courageously defending their ideals and interests under attack by the Chávez dictatorship, disguised as democracy with the excuse that he was originally elected democratically. Incidentally, it is important to take into consideration that during his stop in Libya, referring to the campaign that he directed against Honduran democracy with the excuse of defending the extinguished constitutionality of Manuel Zelaya as President, he said that the eventual return of Zelaya was difficult because “already the electoral campaign has begun, then elections and then the page is turned. That is what I think, independently of the fact that Zelaya returns or not, at this point it is difficult to think this” as possible.

Chávez is visiting several terrorist-linked states.

Brown denies deal for Mehgrahi

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by admin

But Jack Straw ascertains the key point of the story:

“There was no deal over the release” of Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, a spokesman for Brown told CNN.The government was responding to reports that the British government wanted al Megrahi to be eligible for release in order to smooth the way for the British oil giant BP to win exploration rights in Libya.

“The central assertion in this story is completely untrue and deeply misleading,” Brown’s office said in response to a story that originated in the Sunday Times.

But Justice Minister Jack Straw acknowledged Sunday that a key element of the story was correct — that Libya had demanded al Megrahi be included in a prisoner transfer agreement, and that, after initial resistance, the UK agreed to the demand.

Before:
Jack Straw’s letter on Megrahi’s release
Scotland denies any oil deal in Mehgrahi case.
US offered money to stop Mehgrahi’s release.
Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal.
On Lockerbie bomber’s release: an oil deal?
Gadhaffi’s son asks why so angry about Lockerbie bomber’s release.
More details on Lockerbie bomber’s health asked.
Victims from Lockerbie bomber against Gadhafi’s visit to NJ.