By Abdullah Ben Ibrahim
A former Gaddafi officer, suspected of having links to the shooting of British police officer WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in 1984, has been picked to head the Libyan Intelligence Agency.
The UN-packed Presidency Council (PC), headed by Fayaz Sirraj, issued a three-article decree on Monday naming deputies for the country’s Intelligence Agency chief.
In the first article, the Presidency Council selected Brigadier General Abdelkader Al-Tuhami, a notorious officer at the Foreign Security Agency of Gaddafi regime, as Deputy Chief of Intelligence Agency for Security Affairs and Brig. Abdul-Majeed Al-Dabaa as Deputy Chief of Intelligence Agency for Public Affair.
In the second one, Sirraj picked Abdelkader Al-Tuhami to head the Libyan Intelligence Agency temporarily until a chief is found.
The third article stated that the decree shall be effective from the date on which it is made.
The murder suspect, Al-Tuhami, was nominated in December 2016 by PC member Fathi Al-Mijibri as Chief of the Illegal Immigration Fight Center, but Fayaz Sirraj cancelled the nomination to select him this time for a higher security position.
No comments were made by the British government regarding the nomination of Abdelkader Al-Tuhami for the two security posts.
The official inquiry into Fletcher’s death concluded she had been killed by shots from a Sterling submachine gun fired from the first floor of the Libyan embassy. Abdelkader Al-Tuhami was among the embassy’s security team at that time.
Al-Mijibri tabs suspect shooter of British police officer Fletcher as Chief of Illegal Immigration Fight Center
By: Abdulkader Assad
Among the overnight decisions signed by the member of the Presidential Council of the UN-proposed government, Fathi Al-Mijibri, he appointed Brigadier General Abdelkader Al-Tuhami as a Chief of the Illegal Immigration Fight Center (IIFC) in Libya.
Al-Tuhami was a notorious officer at the Gaddafi’s regime Foreign Security Department and he is still one of the suspects for the British authorities from the Anti-Terrorism Department in Scotland Yard in shooting dead the British officer Yvonne Fletcher in front of the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984.
“Al-Tuhami was considered the main suspect in the shooting of Fletcher by British detectives, as he was part of the security team inside the embassy, and he was an expert in using weapons, but they kept his name off the light until 1985, when they reached a conclusion on his name.” Documents posted by the Daily Mail on November 08, 2009 shows.
In March 2001 a team of four British MPs came to Libya to persuade authorities to turn the suspects in for trial, and in May 2002 a team from the Anti-Terrorism Department of Scotland Yard came to meet the suspects, but both, coupled with a third attempt in 2006, failed as two of the suspects plus Al-Tuhami were ministers at the time; namely, Matoug Matoug and Abdelkader Al-Baghdadi, who couldn’t be brought to criminal interrogation.
The IIFC was formed as per the ordinance 642 for 2016 by the Presidential Council (PC) and Al-Tuhami was appointed as per the ordinance 643 of the PC, which shows that the formation of the IIFC was issued simultaneously with the appointment of Al-Tuhami.
This murky step comes as part of the controversial decisions made by Al-Mijibri unilaterally as he was appointed as temporary Head of the PC while Fayez Al-Serraj is away attending his daughter’s fancy wedding party in London.