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Scots detectives may visit Libya in Lockerbie inquiry

Image caption Lockerbie detectives may soon be allowed to visit LIbya following the change of government there

The Libyan government has told the Foreign Office it will allow police from Dumfries and Galloway to travel to the country.

The move would allow them to continue their inquiries into the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Foreign Office minister, Alistair Burt, who has been visiting Tripoli, raised the issue with his Libyan counterparts.

The Transitional National Government in Libya has previously said it would co-operate with the investigation.

It will also allow officers from the Metropolitan Police who are investigating the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher in 1984 to visit the country.

Asked why detectives have not been allowed to visit Libya before now, Mr Burt said told BBC News it was a "capacity issue."

"This is a new government. I think they have a lot on their plate," he said.

The move has been welcomed by the Scottish authorities.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said: "If media reports are correct I am pleased that the Transitional Government of Libya has agreed to allow officers from Dumfries and Galloway police to travel to Libya for enquiries.

"The trial court held that the bombing of Pan Am 103 and the murder of 270 people was an act of state-sponsored terrorism and that Megrahi did not act alone.

"This is a live enquiry and Scottish police and prosecutors will continue to pursue the evidence to bring the others involved to justice.

"I am grateful for the continued support of the US authorities and the UK government, in particular the Foreign Secretary whose efforts in pursuit of this matter are greatly appreciated."

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