Libya's former head of intelligence holds the key to solving the murder of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher, the Libyan prime minister has claimed.
Abdurrahim El-Keib, who has visited the spot where Wpc Fletcher was shot dead outside Libya's London embassy in 1984, told The Guardian Abdullah al-Senussi was the "black box" who would know who carried out the killing.
Senussi, one of Muammar Gaddafi's most senior henchmen, fled Libya last year and was arrested in Mauritania in March.
He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. He is also suspected of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing.
The family of Wpc Fletcher said they were pleased to hear that the Metropolitan Police had been given visas to continue their investigation in Libya.
– FAMILY STATEMENT
Today we had a private meeting with Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib and we look forward to the investigation progressing. We appreciate the support that we continue to receive from the police and the Foreign Office.
Libyan prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib gave a talk today at Chatham House about Re-establishing The State. The politician, said his nation under Colonel Gaddafi "was a country where Libyans felt like aliens" and where people lived "as close as you can get to the poverty line".
Saying that citizens "lived in fear of the security apparatus", he spelt out his objectives for the country after elections are held on June 19 - for which 2.5 million people have registered to vote.
The premier said life had already changed in the short time since Gaddafi's downfall with freedom of the press, human rights and transparency as cornerstones of life. "These are special values that caused the revolution to take place," he said.
Libyan prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib today made a historic visit to the spot where policewoman Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the country's London embassy in 1984.
Mr El-Keib visited the scene after it was announced a team of detectives from the Metropolitan Police would fly to Libya to continue their investigations into the unsolved murder.
The Libyan premier paused and bowed in front of the memorial to Wpc Fletcher and laid a wreath of white roses and carnations at the spot.
The Libyan Prime Minister has laid a wreath at the place where Wpc Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside of the Libyan Embassy in 1984.
He paused just for a few seconds before moving on to a speech at Chatham House nearby.
A former colleague of Wpc Yvonne Fletcher who was murdered more than two decades ago has told ITV's Daybreak that he was "hopeful" that her killers would be bought to justice. John Murray said he had been "pressing" for further investigation into the case for the last 28 years.
Daniel Kawczynski MP, the chairman of the all-party group for Libya, has given his reaction to today's announcement that a Metropolitan Police team is to fly to Libya to investigate the 1984 murder of Wpc Yvonne Fletcher.
He told ITV News that even 28 years after the event, it is vital that Britain does everything it can to pursue the case.
Commander Richard Walton, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command has welcomed the invitation to visit Libya and discuss taking the Wpc Yvonne Fletcher murder inquiry further forward with authorities there.
Mr Walton said:
– Commander Richard Walton, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command
"We have never lost our resolve to solve this murder and achieve justice for Yvonne's family. We see today's announcement as significant."
A Metropolitan Police team is to fly to Libya to continue an investigation into the murder of Wpc Yvonne Fletcher, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
In this report from March 2011, Martin Geissler reports from Benghazi as rebels parade Omar Sodani, a former attache at the Libyan Embassy in Britain at the time of Wpc Fletcher's death.
He denies being in the embassy on the day the Wpc was killed.