Three Held On Suspicion Of Smuggling Out Khadafy Relative
LONDON (AP) _ Anti-terrorist officers have arrested three Britons in connection with the disappearance from Britain of a Libyan businessman, reportedly related to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy, police said today.
The men were being interrogated at a central London police station about a suspected plot to smuggle Libyan businessman Mohammed Shebli from Britain while he was on bail on a drugs charge, said the spokesman. He spoke on condition he not be identified.
Shebli, described in British news reports as a relative of Khadafy, jumped bail after a December 1983 court appearance.
Police suspect Shebli was flown secretly back to Libya, police sources said.
The Scotland Yard spokesman said he could not immediately confirm that Shebli was related to Khadafy. The British Broadcasting Corp. said Shebli has been described as Khadafy’s brother-in-law. Newspaper report said only that he was a relative.
The three Britons, whose names were not released, were arrested under Britain’s Prevention of terrorism Act in predawn raids Thursday on houses in Hertfordshire, north of London; Essex, northeast of the capital; and the southwest England town of Budleigh.
Under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, suspects can be held for up to a week without charge.
The arrests followed the questioning in Cairo last month by Scotland Yard officers of two Britons detained by the Egyptian authorities.
British officers flew to Cairo to question Britons Anthony Gill, 48, and Geoffrey Shiner, 47. They were arrested Nov. 17 for alleged involvement in a foiled plot to assassinate Libyan ex-premier Abdel-Hamid Bakoush, who lives in exile in Egypt.