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BLAIR QUIZ ' ON YVONNE; Gadaffi riddle of tragic WPC.

Byline: Nigel Nelson

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair could be quizzed over the failure to bring the killer of girl cop Yvonne Fletcher to justice.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband is under pressure to launch a public inquiry to find why investigations into the 1984 shooting outside the Libyan embassy in London have stalled.

And Mr Blair could be called to answer questions over a meeting in Libya with leader Colonel Gadaffi two years ago.

British police have not been allowed into the country since then.

Yvonne, 25, was gunned down while on crowd control duty during a demo at the embassy in St James's Square.

As a result of the murder, diplomatic relations with Libya were broken off. They only resumed after Mr Blair visited the country in 2004. Libya accepted responsibility for Yvonne's death and agreed to pay her family compensation.

British police made six trips to Libya to probe the murder and seemed on the verge of a breakthrough.

Mr Blair met Gadaffi in June 2007 in his desert tent as he helped BP do a pounds 450million oil deal with the Libyans.

That month police made their last visit to Libya. British trade with Libya is now worth more than pounds 1billion.

Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski, chair of the all-party Libya group, said: "We are no closer to finding the killer. It's a scandal that the Foreign Office has kicked this into the long grass.

"The Libyans tell me they are co-operating fully and are keen to resolve this."

Tragic Yvonne was the first policewoman murdered while on duty in Britain.

She was shot in the back, from a firstfloor window of the embassy.

Yvonne is thought to have been hit by a bullet intended for a protester against the Gadaffi regime.

Her death prompted a 10-day siege but police were powerless to act and the gunman was smuggled out of the building with other embassy staff under diplomatic protection. The murder weapon was later identified as a sub-machinegun of a type then standard issue to the Libyan army.

Foreign Office minister Gillian Merron said: "Responsibility for the lack of progress rests squarely with the Libyan government." Last month Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson joined Yvonne's family for a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of her death.

A spokesman for Mr Blair said: "He has always urged the Libyans to cooperate fully with the inquiry."

nigel.nelson@people.co.uk

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MEETING: Tony Blair and Gadaffi in Libya in 2007 SHOT DEAD: Yvonne, left. Above, 1984 horror scene
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