Suspect in murder of British policewoman Yvonne Fletcher meets GNA Interior Minister as head of Libyan intelligence

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Interior Ministry of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) reported on Wednesday that one of the main suspects in the murder of British policewoman Yvonne Fletcher met with Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha as head of the Libyan Intelligence Agency.

The Interior Ministry published the news without mentioning the name of the head of the Inteligence Agency, but the picture published by its media office shows Major General Abd al-Qader Ali al-Tuhami, one of the suspected accused, by Scotland Yard, of taking part in the killing of police officer Yvonne Fletcher in front of the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984.

The recent head of the Agency appointed by GNA under Decree No. (1472-2018) issued in late October last year, who disappeared in Tripoli since the beginning of the liberation of Tripoli operation launched by the Libyan National Army (LNA) in early April.

Major General Al-Tuhami was previously assigned as Deputy Head of the Security Affairs of the Agency and Head in charge under decree (391/2017) issued in late April in 2017.

Al-Tuhami is from the town of Aqar in the Shati area in the Libyan south and was a former Foreign Security officer.

It is worth mentioning that al-Tuhami had previously been assigned by GNA as a director of the National Center for Combating Illegal Immigration.

The deputy head of the General Affairs of the Inteligence Agency, Major General Abdul Majid Omar Masoud al-Dabaa, was kidnapped by the al-Nawasi militia in Tripoli for allegedly collaborating with LNA, according to sources.

The policewoman was killed during a protest outside the Libyan embassy in Britain, which resulted in the 11-day siege of the embassy and the expulsion of the Libyan team from the country. The Libyan authorities did not acknowledge responsibility for the killing of Flecher until 1999 and agreed to pay compensation.

In 2007, a British investigation team arrived in Libya to investigate the killing of the police officer and listened to witnesses, and suspected that Maatouq Mohammed Maatouq and Abdelkadir Baghdadi were the masterminds of the crime.


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