Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Police Plea in Murder Probe

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Police Plea in Murder Probe

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Rank-and-file police officers want assurances the Libyan side of the joint probe into the death of WPC Yvonne Fletcher will be "independent and impartial".

The inquiry will be conducted under Libyan law and led by a senior Libyan investigating magistrate and a detective chief superintendent from the Metropolitan Police.

Witnesses to the shooting of WPC Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy in London in April 1984 will be summoned by the Libyan magistrate and questioned in the presence of members of the British investigation team, the Foreign Office said.

But Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Glen Smyth said he would not be giving any cautious welcome to the plan until he had been reassured about the fairness of the Libyan judiciary.

The organisation also wants to know whether any evidence gathered would be done in a way that made it legally admissible in a court in England and Wales, and also where any potential future trial would be heard. …

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