The European Union lifted the ban against Colonel Gaddafi’s former foreign minister and unfroze his assets – meaning Kusa could access any funds he has hidden abroad.
The latest act of appeasement towards the man once branded Gaddafi’s ‘envoy of terror’ coincided with reports he may go on the run.
The Arab television channel al-Arabiya reported that Kusa wants to remain in Qatar, where he is reportedly a guest of the emirate’s royal family after being allowed to flee earlier this week.
Kusa defected to the UK last month with the connivance of MI6 and has since been questioned by Scottish police about his knowledge of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity took place while Kusa was Colonel Gaddafi’s chief of intelligence.
He is also thought to have information about the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher in 1984. One report last night said: ‘Musa Kusa has decided to stay in Qatar due to worries that the relatives of Libyan terror attack victims want him prosecuted.’
Foreign Office sources said they expect Kusa to return to the UK but were unable to say when.
If he does fail to reappear it will fuel the suspicion he has manipulated the government in order to escape sanctions and justice.
A member of the Government told the Mail: ‘It looks like he is refusing to come back.
‘It looks like he has played us like a violin.’
Britain lifted sanctions against Kusa earlier in the week to allow him to fly to Doha for a summit on the future of Libya. Read More