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Mourners prepare to take Megrahi’s body for burial in Tripoli yesterday

Megrahi funeral attended by Gaddafi old guard

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, was buried yesterday in a quiet family ceremony, ignored by most Libyans.

Plea to monitor Libyan abuses

The Government should be doing more to prevent human rights abuses by the new Libyan regime, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee will be told today.

Leading article: No closure for Lockerbie families

The death of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in Tripoli yesterday is a closure of sorts, but only of the diplomatic fracas that accompanied his release from prison in Scotland in 2009. It brings us no closer to solving the mystery of who was responsible for the bomb that brought down Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988. Nor does it offer any resolution to the families of the 270 people who died.

Mother of Lockerbie victim speaks out after death of al-Megrahi

The mother of a young aspiring actress who was killed in the Lockerbie bombing today said she hoped convicted terrorist Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi had died “a painful, horrible death”.

Reformist: Ghanem in March last year, when he was still in charge of Libya's oil industry

Shukri Ghanem: Libyan politician who deserted the Gaddafi regime

Shukri Ghanem, whose body has been found floating in the River Danube, was an important figure in Libya, where he and one of Colonel Gaddafi's sons unsuccessfully tried to persuade the dictator to introduce free-market reform. Returning to Libya in 2001 after a career abroad, he quickly rose to become Prime Minister, but was demoted three years later after falling foul of the country's old guard. When the uprising which toppled the Gaddafi regime broke out he joined a number of other major figures in defecting. He did not find favour with the triumphant insurgents, however, and spent his last months in exile in Austria.

Libya applies to war crimes court to keep Gaddafi's son

The Libyan government has formally challenged the International Criminal Court's right to try the son of the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, for war crimes, arguing he should be tried in Libya.

Hollande supporters at a rally in Paris at the weekend

Sarkozy cries 'infamy' over claim that he was bankrolled by Gaddafi

An unpleasant election campaign turned even nastier and more confusing yesterday. After days of making baseless accusations of his own, President Nicolas Sarkozy claimed that he was the "victim" of a smear plot by the Socialist front-runner, François Hollande.

Leading article: Gaddafi, the UK, and the truth we must be told

It seems that the process of co-operation with Libya went much too far

Tony Blair with Colonel Gaddafi in 2007; in the build-up to the meeting, it is alleged, MI5 and MI6 collaborated with Libyan intelligence services

Inquiry launched into 'betrayal' of Libyan asylum-seekers by MI5

Britain's relationship with Gaddafi regime in spotlight again amid claims of intimidation

Taxpayers will pay for Straw's legal defence

Jack Straw, the former Foreign Secretary, will have his legal bills paid by the taxpayer in any court case over the "rendition" of terror suspects.

Jack Straw has denied complicity in the rendition of Abdelhakim Belhaj

Jack Straw faces legal action over allegations he personally approved rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj

Jack Straw, the former Foreign Secretary, faces a court cross-examination over allegations he personally approved the rendition of a Libyan military commander.

Deal close to allow Gaddafi's son to be tried in Tripoli

The International Criminal Court (ICC) could drop its demand to try Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son in the Hague, it was reported yesterday.

Blair has 'no recollection' of dissident's rendition

Tony Blair insisted yesterday he had "no recollection" of Britain's alleged involvement in sending a dissident to be tortured in Libya and defended his government's "important" co-operation on terrorism with Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Blair 'no memory' of rendition case

Tony Blair said today he has no memory of the Belhadj rendition case but claimed he was not aware of any occasion when his government breached its opposition to the tactic.

Jack Straw has denied complicity in the rendition of Abdelhakim Belhaj

Spying agencies win legal right to keep MPs in dark over rendition

American intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, have won a court ruling allowing them to withhold evidence from British MPs about suspected UK involvement in "extraordinary rendition" – the secret arrests and alleged torture of terror suspects.

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