Saturday, April 2, 2011

Musa Kusa, a key informant for coalition

Member of the first circle of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan foreign minister, Musa Kusa, who defected to escape to London, is making choices for the coalition could provide crucial information on the status of the plan and forces. He can not escape his past as William Hague, the British foreign minister, has already ensured that the UK does not offer him immunity against possible prosecution.

Gheriani Mustafa, spokesman for the Libyan rebels, said the former ally of Colonel Gaddafi had "a lot of blood on their hands" and should be judged. "We want to be judged by the Libyans," he explained, saying he wore a particular responsibility in the assassination of opposition figures in exile.

The spokesman, however, at the discretion of the United Kingdom's decision to stop now Musa Kusa. The latter, which for now works voluntarily with the British authorities, is now "safe place" and is not currently under arrest, said Downing Street. Chief of Intelligence from 1994 to 2009, Musa Kusa, 59, was the strong man of the revolutionary committees, the backbone of the Libyan regime.

It was in recent years in the heart of all negotiations and turnovers that had allowed the return of Libya in the comity of nations frequentable. He has played an important role in the liberation of Bulgarian nurses in 2007 and in 2003 the dismantling of Libya's nuclear program. But Moussa Koussa also took part in the darkest hours of the regime.

In 1980, the one who began his career in special services was appointed ambassador to Libya in London. He was expelled that year by the British, after stating his determination to liquidate the "enemies of the revolution" on British soil. In 1984, he joined the Mathaba, a foundation responsible for coordinating the liberation movements worldwide, especially in Africa and Latin America.

Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1994, he was later appointed head of intelligence, a position he held until 2009. As a man of intelligence, the minister resigned cultivated secrecy and spoke sparingly. It could now be held accountable. "We advised the Foreign Office (the British foreign ministry) that the Scottish judicial authorities want to hear Mr.

Koussa about the Lockerbie bombing," he said Thursday the Scottish courts, stating that "the investigation into the the attack is still open. " Libya is believed to have played a role in the explosion of the aircraft from the U.S. airline Pan Am over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.

Musa Kusa had played a key role in compensating the victims' families, removing the remaining obstacles to the normalization of relations with the West of Tripoli. The only convicted of the bombing, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was released for humanitarian reasons in August 2009, without that full light be shed on the attack, which killed 270 people.

The Guardian Jim Swire, father of one victim, said the defection of Musa Kusa is a golden chance to finally learn some details of the case. "Within the Libyan regime, [Koussa] is, after Gaddafi himself, who is best placed to tell us what the regime knows or what he did, he says. It would be a source Information incomparable.


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