Libyan official: Law keeps Libya from handing suspects over
Libya, Politics, 11/18/1997
Dr. Esmat Abdel Meguid, the secretary-general of the Arab League, has received Saad Magber, assistant secretary-general of Libyan public conference, and they discussed the recent developments regarding the Libyan Lockerbie crisis.
After the meeting, Magber praised Meguid's role in the current crisis. He said that he presented the invitation to the secretary-general for attending the urgent meeting of the Arab parliament union council which will begin on December 14 and will last for 3 days and discuss the solidarity of the Arab states with Libya in light of the Lockerbie crisis and the resulting UN blockade.
He added that the conference will discuss the project of the Arab Union that was presented by Moammar El-Razfy, the Libyan president, to the Arab summit that was held at Hizan last June, and was submitted to the league for study and discussion to prepare it for submission to the coming summit.
Regarding developments in the Lockerbie crisis, Magber confirmed that Libyan law entirely prevented Libya from handing over its citizens.
He said that the Libyan government had required the accused and their lawyer to go to court in any state, yet the accused and their lawyer completely refused and threatened that if Libya insisted on handing them over by force, they will resort to the judiciary.
He pointed out that his country never suspects the honesty and justice of the Scotland judiciary, thus it's not a stubborn stance, but Lybia is handicapped before the accused lawyer.
Regarding the matter of putting forth new suggestions for solving the crisis, Magber has said that the struggle is continuing and the joint work between the Arab League, the non-alignment movement and the African Organization is continuing as well.
He added that most of the world supports the Libyan stance. Great Britain and the United States are isolated, he said.
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