April 17, 2024

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Ex-cop wins court battle & proves PC Yvonne Fletcher’s killer is Colonel Gaddafi’s aide

A FORMER policeman has won his court fight to prove the identity of one of PC Yvonne Fletcher’s killers at the Libyan Embassy siege 37 years ago.

Retired Met officer John Murray, who cradled the dying 25-year-old after she was shot in the back, accused Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk.

A former cop won his court fight and proved the identity of one of PC Yvonne Fletcher’s killers as Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk

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A former cop won his court fight and proved the identity of one of PC Yvonne Fletcher’s killers as Saleh Ibrahim MabroukCredit: Collect

Yesterday, a High Court judge ruled he had shown that the former aide to Libya dictator Colonel Gaddafi was jointly liable over her death.

Mr Murray said afterwards: “We have finally achieved justice for Yvonne. This has been a battle lasting 37 years. My promise to find those responsible and to get justice has taken a huge step forward.”

PC Fletcher was shot as she and her colleagues monitored a demo against Colonel Gaddafi at the embassy in St James’s Square, central London. Her death sparked an 11-day siege and severing of diplomatic ties with Libya.

Mabrouk was arrested over her murder in 2015 and police prepared a file for the Crown Prosecution Service but the case was dropped on supposed national security grounds.

Mr Murray branded the decision “disgraceful” and brought a civil claim against Mabrouk to keep the case alive.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Martin Spencer said Mabrouk was an “active participant” in a “common design to fire upon the demonstrators”.

Mr Murray is hoping the evidence will be strong enough for the CPS to re-open the case.

Mabrouk, said to be in his 50s, took no part in the case at London’s Royal Courts of Justice but previously said he was arrested before the shooting.

Yvonne’s family said the case was a reminder of the “devastating and lifelong effect” her killing has had.

Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher: Background

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