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Scotland quizzes Kusa over Lockerbie

2011-04-08 10:26

London - Scottish police have interviewed defecting Libyan foreign minister Musa Kusa over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, the BBC reported on Thursday.

A British Foreign Office spokesperson said he was unable to confirm the report and a spokesperson for Scottish police was not immediately available for comment.

US and Scottish authorities hope Kusa, Libya's former spy chief, will provide vital military and diplomatic intelligence on the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, as well as other crimes they suspect were committed by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The Scottish government has been criticised for releasing the only person convicted for the bombing, which killed 259 people on the aircraft and 11 on the ground.

Libyan Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was allowed to return home in 2009 because he was judged to be terminally ill with cancer.

Kusa, who defected to Britain last month, was a close Gaddafi adviser since the 1970s and is believed to have played a key role in the release of Megrahi, who is still alive.