Monday 24 July 2017

Nicholas Leonard: Problems for UK at home and abroad over Libya

Nicholas Leonard

'There will be no immunity from prosecution. He has not asked for that. There isn't a deal," said the British foreign secretary, William Hague, yesterday as he tried to explain the government's attitude towards the dramatic defection of the Libyan foreign minister, Moussa Koussa.

"He chose to come to the UK of his own free will," claimed Hague, adding it was "a good thing that he has left this despotic, murderous regime, because it weakens that regime".

Many MPs believe that Koussa played a key role for three decades in both the despotism and the murder, and they will get a chance to cross-question Hague about what exactly is going on behind the scenes when he makes a statement on the Libyan crisis in the Commons today.

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