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Updated: March 31, 2011 15:51 IST

Moussa Koussa not being offered immunity, says Britain

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague. File photo: AP.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague. File photo: AP.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the resignation of Mr. Moussa Koussa, one of the most senior members of Col. Qadhafi’s government, shows the Libyan leader’s regime is "fragmented, under pressure and crumbling.

Britain isn’t offering apparently defecting Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa diplomatic immunity as it seeks to further undermine Muammar Qadhafi’s regime.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the resignation of Mr. Moussa Koussa, one of the most senior members of Col. Qadhafi’s government, shows the Libyan leader’s regime is “fragmented, under pressure and crumbling.”

It had been speculated that the British government might seek to overlook allegations Mr. Koussa played a pivotal role in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, among other atrocities, to capitalize on his resignation.

But Mr. Hague said on Thursday “Moussa Koussa is not being offered any immunity from British or international justice.”

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