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The Guardian Weekly - 2021-11-26

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Former Gaddafi minister liable for killing of PC in 1984

Global Report

A former minister in Muammar Gaddafi’s government was jointly liable for the shooting of PC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984, a high court judge has ruled. Reaching his decision on the lower civil standard – which requires proof on the balance of probabilities rather than beyond reasonable doubt – Mr Justice Martin Spencer said that although Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk did not fire the shots himself, he was a “prime mover” in the killing of 25-year-old Fletcher. John Murray, a close friend who was on duty alongside Fletcher on the day of the shooting and cradled her as she lay dying, brought a civil claim against Mabrouk, who was one of four members of a revolutionary committee who had taken over the embassy in February 1984, for assault and battery after frustration at the failure to bring criminal charges against the defendant.

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