07 APR 2011
By Andrew Rettman
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa is seeking to hire a European PR firm after defecting to the UK. Bahrain authorities already have lots of friends in the EU and US, while Syria's ruling family scored two recent PR coups.
An agent acting for Koussa in recent days approached Lord Bell, the man behind Chime Communications and Bell Pottinger Communications, with an offer of work, Bell told EUobserver from London on Wednesday (6 April).
Bell turned him down but declined to reveal the identity of the agent or the nature of the offer. He said that Koussa "should immediately stand trial" for his alleged involvement in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, adding "there should be no deal with the British government."
The British authorities have refused to give Koussa legal immunity in return for information on Gaddafi.
The US on Monday unfroze his financial assets to encourage more defections. UK foreign minister William Hague said on Tuesday he will speak with EU contacts about "the merits of removing the [EU] restrictions."
Bell was unapologetic about his well-known work for Bahrain despite its recent sectarian killings.
Bahrain's ruling Sunni Muslim clan, according to human rights groups, last month gunned down 23 Shia protesters and is continuing to arrest opposition activists.
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