Britain expels five Libyan diplomats

By REUTERS
March 30, 2011 15:44

 
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LONDON - Britain has expelled five Libyan diplomats to protest at the Libyan government's actions and because they could pose a threat to national security, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday.

"To underline our grave concern at the regime's behaviour, ... we have today taken steps to expel five diplomats at the Libyan embassy in London, including the military attache," Hague told parliament. "The government also judged that, were those individuals to remain in Britain, they could pose a threat to our security."

The diplomats, believed to be supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, have been given seven days to leave, a government source said.

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