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Victim's wife wants Gaddafi tried for role in 1992 aircraft collision

Felicity says the crash was staged to gain west's sympathy

Felicity Prazak who lost her husband in a plane crash on December 22, 1992
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Felicity Prazak who lost her husband in a plane crash on December 22, 1992. Prazak intends to meet members of the British parliament and ministers so that Gaddafi can be brought to trial at the International Criminal Court.
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Abu Dhabi: Felicity Prazak's life changed one morning when she watched a report on the news of a plane crash in Libya that killed 157 passengers including her husband.

Victor, 36 years old at the time, was on his way to the UK where he was planning to spend Christmas with Prazak and their two children, Theodore and Tallena who were four and three.

Libyan Arab Airlines flight LN1103 was involved in a collision with a Libyan MiG on December 22, 1992. Victor, the only British passenger on board, worked in Libya as a petroleum inspector in an oil refinery.

Pilots ejected

The two MiG pilots ejected from their plane, leaving Prazak sceptical about the incident. She believed that the crash was instigated by Muammar Gaddafi.

"A mass grave was prepared outside Tripoli the following day. I strongly protested and tried to push for arrangements to bring Victor's body back home, but was told there were no diplomatic relations with Libya," she said

Victor's grave

After seven long years the Libyan authorities allowed Prazak and her children to visit Victor's grave.

"Victor worked for two months at times under hostile conditions. His family could have a better quality of life. My children grew up without the love of their father who adored them and me. I have had to fight battles and endure hardships seeking the justice I should be entitled to," she said.

Prazak was denied access to the crash report for nine years. She was also left to believe that Gaddafi had the MiG pilots executed, but later found out that they and the air traffic controller were in jail awaiting trial.

Crash report

However Prazak persisted for receipt of the proper crash report, and a transcript of the closed trial.

"I worked hard to try to get Victor's body returned to the UK, and for an inquest into his death, which is the right to any British citizen killed abroad under suspicious circumstances."

In the meantime, Prazak made friends with the Lockerbie incident families who believed the coincidence of the dates 22/12/1992 and 21/12/1988 and flight numbers LN1103 and PA103 were sinister.

Explosives

"The Lockerbie victims' families didn't accept the explanation given for the missiles that were reportedly fired at the passenger plane," she said.

Prazak was only recently informed that the MiG was carrying explosives intended to bring down the passenger plane under Gaddafi's command.

"Gaddafi wanted the world to believe that the plane's malfunction was due to UN sanctions against Libya. The UN imposed an embargo on spare parts or any maintenance equipment for its civilian airline. Because of so many of the atrocities that have come to light, I now believe that Gaddafi sacrificed my husband and the other innocent victims to boost his distorted ego by committing this heinous crime," she said.

Teaching post

Prazak decided to take up a teaching post in Libya in search for the truth. While at Heathrow Airport she was called by security who told that her that she was a security risk and could not return to Libya.

"I did return but was told by my employer that I was not to make any political statement or talk to the press. I refused to sign a contract to this effect and my employment was terminated with immediate effect and I was given two days to leave Libya," she said.

When Prazak was informed that her husband's name was listed among the martyrs on the plaque that hangs outside the courthouse in Benghazi, she immediately decided to see the plaque and meet some of the families who similarly lost their loved ones.

Heinous, senseless act

"Gaddafi has to be brought to trial for this heinous and senseless act of executing all the passengers in attempt to gain sympathy from the West. I want to bring this to the attention of the International Criminal Court (ICC) so that all the atrocities Gaddafi and his regime committed will be brought to light and be made known to the public.

"I want to do anything I can possibly do to help the Libyan people in gaining the media's attention to this unforgotten crime. If it had not been for the Arab uprising he nearly would have gotten away with these murders," she said.

Prazak intends to return to the UK for her holiday at the end of June, where she plans to speak with members of parliament and ministers who are working with the Transitional National Council so that Gaddafi can be brought to trial at the ICC.

"I do not have the resources to hire a human rights lawyer but I want to do all I can to make people aware of this atrocity," she said.

Felicity never re-married since Victor's death.

Luckiest person alive

"I feel the luckiest person alive to have been with my husband for nine years before he was robbed of his life. He was to me larger than life."

Theodore is 23 now and Tallena 22; both live in Battersea, London in the family home while Felicity works in Dubai as an art teacher to pay the bills.

Speaking about her children, she says: "My daughter is very focused and a keen student and exceeds in what she puts her hand to. She is just near completion of her second year of university doing Environmental Studies."

"My son Theo is very tall and looks the image of his father, who was extremely handsome. Theo has had a troubled life and suffered numerous attacks from louts.

"He doesn't work and lacks the confidence and the academic qualifications as he has slight learning difficulties, although he is extremely intelligent in some areas.

"He has a keen interest in Western Herbal Medicine and has recently done some courses in this. Theo is still totally dependent on me and working abroad at least helps him to look after himself to some degree but if anything happened to me I dread to think how he would cope.

"I have simply not been able to be two people for Theo's sake and the lack of his father's presence is evident to me."

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