Saturday, August 4, 2007

Libya Foreign Medics Swapped for Lockerbie

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, told the French newspaper Le Monde that the six health workers, held in Libya for nearly a decade for allegedly having infected hundreds of children with HIV, have been released in exchange for the transfer to Libya of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.In January 2001, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was convicted in a special court located in the Netherlands under Scottish rules for the murder of 270 people who died in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Megrahi is serving a life sentence in a Scottish prison.
"We will soon have an extradition agreement with the UK. Our diplomats have discussed the matter with their British counterparts last month," Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi said. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi sought the interview, held on Tuesday in a luxurious hotel located in the French city of Nice, to "clarify a few issues." He told the French journalists that he never believed that the six Health workers wereguilty. "Unfortunately, they were mere scapegoats," he stated calmly. "This time around, we got a good deal. It is a complicated story, a huge mess. There are lots of players. And it was necessary to please all of them." According to General Kirtcho Kirov, the head of Bulgarian secret services, Intelligences Agencies of about 20 countries have been involved in the deal. Kirov explicitly mentioned the UK, Italy, Israel, the Palestinian Authorities, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco as well as Bulgaria and Libya. Read fulll story

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