Libyan PM lays wreath for slain British policewoman
Libyan PM Abdel Rahim al-Kib lays a wreath of white roses and carnations at the spot where a British policewoman was shot dead in 1984 outside the Libyan embassy in London.
LONDON - Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib laid a wreath of white roses and carnations on Friday at the spot where a British policewoman was shot dead in 1984 outside the Libyan embassy in London.
The gesture came a day after Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Scotland Yard detectives probing the murder of Yvonne Fletcher would be flying to Libya to continue their investigations.
Kib paused and bowed in front of a simple stone memorial to the 25-year-old police officer and laid the flowers at the site of the killing, for which no one has ever been brought to justice.
The killing led to Britain severing diplomatic relations with Libya until 1999 and has been a long-running sore in ties between London and Tripoli, along with the 1988 bombing of a passenger jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan embassy while policing peaceful demonstrations. The fatal shot was always believed to have been fired from inside the building, sparking an 11-day stand-off with police.
But the killer was presumed to have left Britain among the 30 staff who were then deported under diplomatic immunity.
Kib said on Thursday Tripoli would work "very closely" with London to resolve outstanding questions about the murder.
The British government believes the overthrow of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime has given investigators a much better chance of bringing a suspect to justice.
Britain was one of the leading countries involved in the NATO-backed military campaign that helped topple Kadhafi, who was killed in October by Libyan rebels.