A retired police officer has won a High Court bid to hold a former aide to Colonel Gaddafi co-responsible for the fatal shooting of PC Yvonne Fletcher.
PC Fletcher, 25, was killed while policing a demonstration against the former Libya leader outside his country’s embassy in St James’s Square in central London on April 17, 1984.
Retired police officer John Murray, 66, filed a civil claim of a nominal amount of £ 1 against Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk as part of his decades-long attempt to find “justice” for his dead friend.
Today, a Supreme Court judge found Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk co-responsible for the killing.
In a statement following the ruling, Mr Murray – who was in tears at the verdict – said “we have finally done justice to Yvonne”.
He said: “I am very relieved that it is all finally over and the court has found in our favor.
“This has been a fight that has lasted 37 years. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. My promise to Yvonne Fletcher to find those responsible for the shooting and get justice has taken a big step forward after all these years. “
He added: “We have faced many obstacles to get here. But today we have proved that we were right all along.
“Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk was responsible for Yvonne’s death. Everything we have done up to this verdict has been for Yvonne. Today we have finally achieved justice for Yvonne.”
Murray from Chingford in east London promised his dying colleague that he would find those responsible for the shots fired from an embassy window, the court heard.
During a three-day trial at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Mr Murray’s lawyers argued that Mr Mabrouk was jointly and severally responsible for the shooting, claiming that although he did not fire any shots, he was “involved” in the orchestration. “of a plan to use violence in the protest.
Murray, who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to the incident, also sought “justifying” compensation for assault and violence.
In his sentencing on Tuesday morning, Judge Martin Spencer said that “those responsible for the shooting of Yvonne Fletcher are also responsible” to Mr Murray.
He said PC Fletcher died as a result of a “cowardly attack” when gunmen armed with machine guns from Sterling opened fire from embassy windows on the first floor against “armed and unsuspecting lawful protesters” and who “did not care about the risk”. “associated with this. to police officers performing their normal duties”.
He added: “I am convinced that a common design existed to respond to the planned anti-Gaddafi protest by using violence.”
The judge said the evidence pointed to Mr Mabrouk being an “active participant” in an “ordinary worthy of shooting at the protesters”.
He concluded: “Mr Murray has succeeded in showing that the accused Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk is jointly and severally liable with those who carried out the shooting of Yvonne Fletcher for the battery inflicted on her”.