NEWS
29/06/2012 06:18 BST | Updated 29/06/2012 06:21 BST

Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk, Man Deported After Shooting Of Pc Fletcher, Seeks Political Asylum

A man deported from Britain after the killing of Pc Yvonne Fletcher is now looking for political asylum in the UK.

Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk, once a high-ranking Libyan national, was removed from Britain following allegations of misuse of Libyan state funds.

He was not a suspect in the murder of Fletcher, who was shot outside the Libyan Embassy in 1984, though he was witness to the demonstrations at the time.

Mabrouk went back to Libya, then under the grip of Colonel Gaddafi, before returning to the UK as part of a thawing of relations between London and Tripoli under the Blair government.

Mabrouk was back in Libya during the Arab Spring, but fled just before the fall of Gaddafi’s regime, reportedly leaving with £130m in cash.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Abdulhamid El-Jedi, an investigator for Libya’s Transitional government, believes the money was to be used by Mabrouk to hire mercenaries from the Balkans, a last-ditch effort by Gaddafi to prop up his crumbling regime.

However, Mabrouk, an academic at Tripoli's Academy of Higher Education, denies the charge.

Speaking to Radio 4, he said: "I challenge them if I even have $20,000 let alone the $200m they are talking about.

"Let them produce proof. They haven't caught me withdrawing cash from a bank or in an airport with cash on me."

Mabrouk currently lives in England with his wife, and has applied for asylum via the British embassy. He said he has been coming to the UK since 2000.

The full report can be heard on Radio 4’s File on 4 on Tuesday, 3 July at 8pm.