UK and Libyan authorities have become closer to making the first arrest in the murder case of WPC Yvonne Fletcher (pictured) who was shot dead in 1984 as she policed a demonstration against Muammar Qaddafi outside the Libyan embassy in London.
The main suspect, Salah Eddin Khalifa (pictured below), is said to be currently living in a “North African city” since the fall of former leader Qaddafi’s regime.
It is not clear whether that city was inside Libya or in another North African country.
It quoted Taha Bara, a spokesman for the Libyan prosecutor-general’s office, as saying that a probe into the murder case was ongoing and that no arrest is likely before the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Bara said that Libyan officials will discuss the case with their UK counterparts in London after Ramadan, following a previous meeting last month in Tripoli.
The killing of Fletcher prompted an 11-day siege of the Libyan embassy by members of the Metropolitan Police Service and the United Kingdom severing diplomatic relations with Libya.
Efforts to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels failed because two Libyan officials, Matouk Mohammed Matouk and Abdelgadir Mohammed Baghdadi, who ordered the shooting from inside the Libyan embassy, held senior positions in the Qaddafi regime.
Baghdadi has been killed in the Syrian revolution and Matouk has disappeared, opening up new venues of investigation in the case and creating an opportunity to bring Fletcher’s killer to justice.
John Murray, a former colleague of Fletcher who was with her when she was shot dead, told The Sunday Telegraph that the first arrest in the murder case was imminent.
“I was rung up by a senior Scotland Yard officer with knowledge of the case and told that an arrest is imminent, but it depends on the Libyans,” Mr Murray said.