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article image'Killer' of murdered policewoman Yvonne Fletcher seized in Libya

By Kev Hedges     Mar 24, 2011 in Politics
Benghazi - Reports from Benghazi are claiming rebels have seized Omar Ahmed Sodani, one of the suspects alleged to have fired the shot that killed WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in 1984.
Khalid Alsahly, a rebel leader in Benghazi has told journalists that they have seized Sodani from his home in Benghazi and "he will face the proper legal process, when the time is right". Sodani attempted to join the pro-democracy opposition forces despite being a Gaddafi adherent for more than 25 years.
However any expectation of extradition appears foggy at present with the Arab state in the middle of a bitter conflict and official ties between Britain and Libya non-existent.
WPC Fletcher was gunned down outside the embassy on St. James Square in central London while policing an anti-Gaddafi demonstration organised by dissidents. The shots had been fired from within the Libyan People's Bureau. The bureau had been staffed by revolutionary Gaddafi supporters and not official diplomats at the time. They had threatened police they would hold a counter-demonstration if the dissidents turned up.
The bureau played loud music to drown out the protests and then fired shots from the first floor window which hit WPC Fletcher, killing her outright. Sodani was in the embassy at the time and despite an 11-day stand-off with armed police, all of the "diplomats" inside the bureau were set free and allowed to return to Libya; no one was held to account for the policewoman's murder.
Detectives at the Metropolitan police in London believe Sodani knows the two gunmen who fired the shots that fatally wounded Ms Fletcher. In an interview with the Daily Mail in Tripoli in 1999, Sodani denied being responsible for WPC Fletcher's death.
The Los Angeles Times meanwhile report that Sodani has tried to tell his captors that it's all a case of mistaken identity.
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