Libyan hints at compensation for IRA victims

Every time I go to the London library in St James’ Square I pass the little memorial, often decked with a bouquet, to WPC Yvonne Fletcher who was shot dead from the Libyan “People’s Bureau” in 1984, as she was diverting people away from a small demonstration. Now in the wake of the Megrahi release, there are hints that the Libyans are considering compensation for her killing and for the victims of Libyan- fuelled IRA terrorism. Nothing more than a hint of this is mentioned in the Independent’s exclusive report. A campaign is being led by hot-shot London lawyer Jason McCue, who masterminded the Omagh families’ successful civil case and now represents the victims’ families. The hero’s welcome accorded to Megrahi in Tripoli on his return from his Scottish jail had taken Libya “back in diplomatic years,” said McCue, and he argued the country needed to demonstrate it could maintain good relations with international trading partners.
“There is no simpler and easier way to do that than to compensate those victims of IRA bombs that utilised donated Libyan Semtex [plastic explosive],” he said. The BBC story adds that Jeffrey Donaldson MP hopes to go to Libya shortly with victims’ families to press the case. In return for considering compensation it seems Gadaffi is calling for details of an alleged British plot to assassinate him in 1996 to be disclosed. As this is naturally denied, progress could be slow. How do they decide who was a Libyan victim and who was not? Advice please, to Muammar Gaddafi, the Big Tent, Somewhere in the Desert near to all mod cons., Libya.

  • Glensman

    If this goes through can we expect someone to take a case against the British/South Africans for arming Loyalist murder gangs?

  • joeCanuck

    If this goes through we will be back to the “Who’s a victim?” stuff and nonsense. The compensation, if any, should be used communally and not distributed to individuals.

  • granni trixie

    It surprises me that local journalists have not persued SF for comment: Libyia clarifying that it gave guns/ammo to the IRA and ETA brings home the unambiguous reality that they were all in a network of terrorism – the same network containing people who planted a bomb on a plane.

  • michael

    Mr Adams, is it true you were a member of Spectre?

  • The Libyans!

  • IRIA

    granni trixie: Before this, did everyone think the guns/ammo/semtex just magically appear?

  • Glensman

    Spectre, Brilliant!

  • Coll Ciotach

    I wonder what Libya is getting as a quid pro quo? If there was a plot to kill him will they get a victim to jail in Tripoli?

  • Marty McFly

    “Let’s see if you bastards can do 90.”

  • michael

    So Muammar gets Britain to lap-dance and admit they were dirty dirty boys who planned to assassinate a head of state in return for a wad of cash?

    We’ll have a lawyer getting rich, politicians getting free trips and reinforced voting patterns, families getting their hopes up and feck all squared at the end of it all.

  • ?

    Seriously though Gaddafi, he looks all botoxed to f…?

  • Teechar

    Now what’s going on here? Raking up the past is a weapon against the Brits, it’s not supposed to include looking at the Shinners.

  • barnshee

    “.If this goes through can we expect someone to take a case against the British/South Africans for arming Loyalist murder gangs? ”

    If you can trace the semtex etc back to the brits it should be a runneR

  • Beano261

    Why should Libya have to pay compenstaion to the victims? This argument is never-ending. Let’s not forget American involvent in Afghanistan , training and arming the Taliban to kill Russians.
    Should we not also bring pressure on the US to compensate the families of dead Russian soldiers?

  • RepublicanStones

    Not forgetting the victims of the contras in Latin America has the USA shelled out for them, or the mayan victims of Guatemalan death squads who were equipped by Israel. Or is it only the AAA–rabbbbs who have to pay the piper?

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