(LONDON) -- Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa's decision to break from Col. Moammar Gadhafi's ranks and defect to Britain may mean others within the Libyan strongman's circle are ready to jump ship as the fighting with anti-government rebels intensifies.
In fact, Ibrahim Dabbashi, who was Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, predicted as much Thursday, saying that a number of high-ranking officials want to go now but are being blocked by tight security.
Dabbashi said that Kouusa's "defection exposes the lies that the regime are putting out. Koussa knows that Colonel Gahdafi is finished."
Koussa managed to make his escape by claiming he was in poor health and needed treatment in Tunisia. From there, he traveled to Britain, although the government there says they'll offer Koussa, who has been tied to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, no immunity.
Meanwhile, Dabbashi's prediction was coming true as another former Libyan foreign minister said he had left the Gadhafi inner circle. Ali Abdessalam Treki wrote on several websites, "It is our nation's right to live in freedom and democracy and enjoy a good life."
There was also a report in Britain’s The Independent newspaper Friday that British government officials are talking “with up to 10 senior figures in Col. Gadhafi's creaking regime about possible defection”.
The paper said the defectors include a senior aide to one of Gadhafi’s sons, the head of Libya’s external intelligence service, Libya’s oil minister, and the secretary of the General People's Congress.
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