Britain's Foreign Office on Sunday took the unusual step of denying a newspaper report claiming a secret deal was reached with Libya that would keep the killer of a British policewoman from being tried in Britain.
A spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity as required by departmental policy said the report in The Sunday Times is completely untrue.
The newspaper claimed Britain formally agreed three years that the killer of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher would not be tried in Britain. She was killed outside the Libyan embassy in London 25 years ago.
The charge came as the British government is under intense scrutiny for its dealings with Libya because of the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.