Victims seek to sue Libya for supplying IRA with Semtex

Troubles victims seek to sue Libya for supplying IRA with Semtex

29/09/2020 17:20:00

Troubles victims seek to sue Libya for supplying IRA with Semtex

Victims of terrorism who are seeking to sue Libya for supplying the IRA with Semtex are mounting a legal bid to compel the Police Service of Northern Ireland to confirm it was used in deadly attacks.

The step is being taken in advance of a request for permission to formally serve proceedings on the State of Libya.Compensation claims are being prepared on behalf of those bereaved and injured in several Troubles-related atrocities.They include the 1987 Remembrance Day bombing in Enniskillen, the so-called 'Good Samaritan' attack in Derry in 1988, and the Shankill Road bombing in Belfast in 1993. 

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The IRA received secret shipments of weapons from Libya during Muammar Gaddafi's time as dictator - including Semtex for bomb attacks.Previous efforts to secure payouts for victims of the paramilitary group's campaign have failed, despite Libyan assets having been frozen in the UK.

But claims are now being pursued through the courts in Northern Ireland for the first time.An estimated $11 billion was seized by the British government after the Gaddafi regime collapsed in 2011.Belfast legal firm KRW Law is mounting the initiative on behalf of a number of victims, including Seamus Sullivan.

Mr Sullivan was injured in an attack at Falls Baths on the city's Falls Road in 1988. Two civilians and a British soldier were killed in the bombing.Solicitor Kevin Winters confirmed: "We are now issuing 13 summonses in the High Court in Belfast to compel the PSNI to confirm that Semtex was used in the incidents giving rise to the claims.

"Thereafter, we seek leave of the court to serve proceedings on the State of Libya."Clarification is also being sought on media reports about an alleged request made to the United Nations for frozen funds to be released to the Libyan Investment Authority.

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There is no Libya anymore. The UK helped destroy it in 2011. With unionists, it is always about the money! They should have sued Libya before they helped the USA to free them!!! Good luck. Think Libya is closed. No management either. Grand while were at it i hope the entire world sues britain then. 🤔 It will be interesting to see how the change in government will be seen by the international courts.

that will be a bit difficult considering libya is a now broken war torn slave state thanks to the corporate neo liberal warmongers Libya , regime wise is not an entity anymore , however the UK still exists, and they seem to have drawn a line and moved on, in their minds anyway. Not really a good time to be bringing up the past.

How about suing Sinn Fein...they are the last link to PIRA.... Do that mean I can sue the car dealership for supplying the person who crashed into me? 😅 Can victims also sue the British government for its own supplying of state sponsored terrorist campaigns? Jeez good luck with that one!! Better suing Sinn Fein!!

Hahahaaaa. Who are they going to sue? There is no Libya. Nobody left in Lybia to be held accountable. How do you sue a dead dictator and former regime that no longer exists ? Will they be suing Israel for supplying loyalist terrorists with their weapons ? Does that include Civillian victims of Loyalist Bombs?

Anyone suing the British government?

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