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Topic - Mussa Kussa
Cracks are emerging in Col. Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle, raising the possibility that the Libyan dictator's grip on power may be weakening after 42 years.
Britain on Thursday refused to offer Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa immunity from prosecution after his apparent defection but said his departure would hearten rebels fighting to topple Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
A senior Libyan official said Thursday he is resigning his post, the second high-profile defection from Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime in as many days.
Libyan dissidents and relatives of those killed in the bombing of an airliner over Scotland in 1988 said Thursday that Col. Moammar Gadhafi's former foreign minister must be held accountable for his suspected role in acts of terrorism, despite his defection from the regime.
Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in the U.K. on Wednesday and is resigning from his post, Britain's government said.
Libya's foreign minister and one of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's closest henchmen, Musa Kusa, defected to Britain on Wednesday, according to the British Foreign Office and U.S. officials.
Western security and intelligence officials monitoring the unfolding events in Libya are closely watching Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, the former Libyan intelligence chief and close confidant of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
"The moniker he had when he was head of intelligence was 'The Envoy of Death,' which tells you a lot about his character," he said.
The Libyan official probably has money stashed away outside the country; and if things fall apart, Mr. Kusa would likely be one of the first people out the door of the regime, he said.