Police chiefs blast university for training Libyan police
POLICE chiefs have condemned the University of Huddersfield for teaching members of Colonel Gaddafi’s feared police force.
The 12 students are part of the 103 Libyans studying masters degrees in forensic science at Huddersfield University.
Police leaders have questioned for what the skills will be used upon the officers’ return to North Africa.
Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation, said he was disappointed to see “kowtowing” to the Gaddafi regime.
He said the students’ presence was an “insult to the memory” of shot Pc Yvonne Fletcher, who was killed as she policed a demonstration at the Libyan embassy in central London in 1984.
And a Libyan activist living in Huddersfield is also concerned.
Abdul Turki, a Libyan-born businessman who lives in Taylor Hill, has organised protests against the Gaddafi regime in Bradford.
Mr Turki said: “I’ve no objection to Libyan students training there. I came here to study myself.”
But he added: “They shouldn’t be training the police at the university.”
Mr McKeever said: “I think it is a huge shame that we as a country are involved with the Libyan regime. It is an insult to the memory of Yvonne Fletcher.