Libya’s new rebel government knows the location of one of the alleged accomplices to the murder of WPc Yvonne Fletcher, threatening a diplomatic row, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
The administration has confirmed that it knows the whereabouts of Matouk Mohammed Matouk, who was named in Crown Prosecution Service papers as one of two “conspirators” who could be charged in connection with the killing outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984. He is the last named suspect believed to still be alive.
A source close to Mr Matouk said yesterday that he had attempted to defect to the National Transitional Council as Tripoli fell 10 days ago.
The main rebel-backed television station alleged that Mr Matouk had been placed under arrest formally due to his long service with the Gaddafi regime. Ali Tarhouni, the de facto deputy prime minister of the new government, denied that, but admitted: “We know where he is.”