British police arrest man over 1984 murder of policewoman

British police say they arrested one man as suspect in murder of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher who was shot dead outside Libyan embassy in London in 1984

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Police officers surround police constable Yvonne Fletcher after she was shot during a protest.

Updated Nov 20, 2015

British police on Thursday announced “the first significant arrest” in the murder case of Yvonne Fletcher, a British policewoman shot dead by a Libyan man outside the Libyan embassy in 1984. She was hospitalized at Westminster Hospital, but died later that day.

Yvonne Fletcher was killed and 10 others wounded on April 17, 1984, outside the Libyan People's Bureau on St. James Square in central London.

According to the statements of Commander Richard Walton, head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism unit, a 50-year-old Libyan man was arrested on Thursday morning in relation to the Fletcher case. There are also two other people being held on a money laundering charge.

Yvonne Fletcher in London in 1984

"Over the past 31 years we have never lost our resolve to solve this case, to bring to justice those who conspired to commit this act of murder," Walton said.

The Fletcher case was a turning point between Britain-Libya diplomatic relations.

Even though, some media sources assert that normalization process begun in 1991 between Britain and Libya, after Libya accepted responsibility for the incident and agreed to pay her family compensation of (50,000-pound), 31 years after the day of her death, a crowd of anti-Gaddafi campaigners gathered outside the Libyan Embassy as pro-Gaddafi supporters staged a counter demonstration.

TRTWorld and agencies