Wednesday, April 6, 2011
He is Sounding and Acting More and More Like the Real Karzai: Libya rebels 'pressured into Lockerbie apology'
Leaders say Libyans not to blame for Gaddafi's acts, accusing Britain of trading document for seized funds
Chris McGreal in Benghazi
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 6 April 2011
"Libya's rebel administration has said that it signed an apology for the Gaddafi regime's role in IRA attacks and the Lockerbie bombing under pressure from the British government, and that the document is the result of "misunderstanding". After initially denying that the document existed, the revolutionaries' governing council acknowledged that its chairman, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, had indeed signed an apology on behalf of the Libyan people for Gaddafi's provision of semtex used in IRA bombings and for the blowing up of the Pan Am flight in 1988. It also promised compensation. Amid division and confusion over the declaration, which some blamed on a translation mix-up, council officials said that the issue of the Libyan government's responsibility for attacks in the UK came up only because it was pressed on the revolutionary administration by the British......"