Koussa has ‘blood on his hands’: Libyan rebels

The Libyan rebels refused to talk to Moussa Koussa at a summit in Qatar.

Updated: Apr 14, 2011, 12:44 PM IST

Tripoli: The Libyan rebels have refused to talk to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s former foreign minister Moussa Koussa at a summit in Qatar, saying he has blood on his hands, having been part of Gaddafi’s inner circle.

Koussa, who is accused of being involved in the Lockerbie bombing case, fled to Qatar yesterday for an international summit on Libya to talk to Arab leaders about how to oust Gaddafi.

But a spokesman for rebels attending the meet made it clear that they want nothing to do with the former intelligence chief, who was an integral part of Gaddafi’s inner circle until he fled to Britain earlier this month.

“We did not invite him here. He is not part of our delegation,” the Daily Mail quoted a rebel spokesman, Mahmoud Shamman, as saying.

In Benghazi, opposition spokesman Abdel-Hafidh Ghoga said talks with Koussa were ‘not on the agenda’.

Senior Government sources said he has only been granted a ‘time-limited’ visa to stay in Britain, meaning he could be gone within six months.

Foreign Secretary William Hague defended the decision to allow Koussa into Britain last month as ‘ethically right’.

“He was not invited to this meeting. But by being here in Doha, he has been able to engage in these wider discussions,” Hague added.

ANI