Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
11:45 AM Beirut time
22 °C
Blom Index
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Documents: Libya warned UK ahead of 1984 shooting
Associated Press
British police officers stand guard outside Libya’s embassy in London.
British police officers stand guard outside Libya’s embassy in London.
A+ A-

LONDON: British officials were warned about possible violence the night before policewoman Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead in 1984 by a gunman inside the Libyan embassy in London, newly declassified documents reveal.

The documents, released Friday by Britain's National Archives, show that Libyan officials in Tripoli and London said the Libyan government would not be held responsible if there was violence at a planned anti-government rally outside the Libyan People's Bureau in London.

Fletcher was killed and 10 others injured when a gunman inside the bureau opened fire on protesters and police with a submachine gun. The killing led Britain to break diplomatic relations and helped seal Libya's reputation as a rogue state.

The files show that British ambassador Oliver Miles was summoned by Libyan officials in Tripoli the night before the slaying. They complained that the planned demonstration against Moammar Gadhafi's government represented an unacceptable threat to the embassy's security.

The message was passed on by telegram to British officials in London, but the demonstration went on as planned.

The files also showed that two Libyan diplomats went to the Foreign Office in London shortly after midnight with a similar warning about possible violence if the demonstration was not stopped.

The Foreign Office official who received the threat did not find it vitally important, papers show.

"This last is a standard Libyan line: We did not regard it as particularly significant at the time, though the act of calling at the FCO in the middle of the night was unusual," the duty officer's note said.

The officer did notify police and Britain's Home Office about the message.

The papers were made public under the "30-year rule" that governs release of many British government documents.

Home Middle East
Libya / United Kingdom

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Baabda 2014
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
View all view all
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Click to View Articles
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS