Gaddafi’s former allies will challenge Yvonne Fletcher’s decision to shoot.


Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s former assistant judge will challenge the conclusion that he was jointly responsible for the 1984 assassination of police officer Yvonne Fletcher.

PC Fletcher, 25, was shot dead on April 17, 1984, during a protest against his former Libyan leader outside his country’s embassy in St. James’s Square in central London.

His former colleague and close friend John Murray, who killed him and promised to find those responsible, is in London High Court last year against Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk, a senior member of the pro-Gaddafi Libyan revolution. Bring civil action. The committee that ran the embassy at the time.

Retired Police Officer John Murray (Stephen Russo / PA) / PA Wire

Mr Justice Martin Spencer ruled in November last year that Mr Mabrouk – who had denied any wrongdoing – had “clearly aided the shooting commission” and was jointly responsible with the unidentified gunmen.

Speaking after the ruling, Mr Murray, 66, said justice for his friend and colleague had “finally been achieved”.

However, Mr Mabrouk – who did not appear in the High Court case but previously denied involvement in PC Fletcher’s death – is now seeking an appeal against the decision.

He will seek permission from the Court of Appeal judges to challenge the decision in a July 6 hearing.

During a three-day trial last year, the court heard Mr Murray, who has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the incident, was seeking “indicative” damages for the attack and the battery.

Mr Martin Spencer said in his ruling that Mr Murray was also responsible for the shooting of Evan Fletcher.

He added: “I am satisfied with the balance of possibilities that there is a common design for responding to planned anti-Gaddafi protests through violence.”

The judge said the evidence indicated that Mr Mabrouk was an “active participant” in a “joint design to shoot protesters”.

He concluded: “Mr Murray has succeeded in showing that defendant Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk is jointly responsible with those who shot Yvonne Fletcher, for the battery attached to it.”

In a statement issued Tuesday after the verdict, Mr Murray said: “My commitment is to take a big step after all these years to find and bring to justice those responsible for the shooting of Evan Fletcher.”

PC Fletcher’s family said in a statement that the court ruling served as a reminder of the “tragic events” that “had a devastating and lifelong impact on Yvonne’s family and colleagues.”

“Yvonne will always be in our thoughts and we will be in close touch with New Scotland Yard on all aspects of her case,” he added.

Retired police officer John Murray, second right outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, after winning the High Court (Jess Glass / PA)

Mr Murray said the High Court trial should not have been “necessary”, citing “late intervention” by the government when it first allowed “important evidence” to eventually be used in a non-prosecution criminal prosecution. There was a “refusal” to give.

He added: “Today, we have proved that we were always right. Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk was responsible for Yvonne’s death. Everything we have done up to this decision is for Yvonne. Today we have. Justice has finally been done for Yvonne.

The court heard that Mr Mabrouk had been arrested in connection with the death of PC Fletcher in 2015, but two years later Metropolitan Police said the charges could not be made because important evidence to protect national security was kept secret. Was

While Mr Mabrouk did not take part in the proceedings, the court heard that he had previously denied involvement in the shooting, highlighting the fact that he was in custody at the time.

He also noted that Libya had previously claimed responsibility for the assassination of PC Fletcher and paid compensation to his mother.

The court was told that in 2019, Mr Mabrouk was “deported” from the UK for “suspected involvement in war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

Mr Murray has filed a £ 1 million civil suit against Mr Mabrouk as part of his decades-long campaign for justice.

Memorial to police officer Evan Fletcher killed in St. James’s Square, London (Metropolitan Police / PA) / PA Media

In its ruling, the judge described Mr Murray and PC Fletcher, who worked together at the County Garden in central London, as “salt of the earth”, who were “very good friends” and “if anyone in the community The first port of call was a person. There was a problem. “

He said PC Fletcher’s death was the result of a “cowardly attack” when gunmen armed with sterling sub-machine guns opened fire on “unarmed and unsuspecting protesters” from the first-floor windows of the embassy. “Ignoring the danger. Police officers who are performing their normal duties.”

The judge added that there appeared to be “a slight suspicion” that the gunmen’s actions were “organized and sanctioned” by Colonel Gaddafi, who “could not tolerate dissent or dissent” and that “London’s They were ready to allow street killings. ” .

He said he was paying the compensation demanded by Mr Murray to “justify his 37-year struggle to bring to justice at least one of those responsible for the death of his colleague.” “

The judge added that Mr Murray, who said he blamed himself for his partner’s death, should not feel “proud” or “guilty” of the incident.

Appreciating the “incredible bravery” of the officers who came to his aid, the judge added: In a sense, the sentence, at the wrong time, in the wrong place. “