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Docklands bombing: Jack Straw to be quizzed over compensation for IRA victims

PUBLISHED: 10:12 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 25 October 2016

Office buildings in London's Docklands after the blast. Picture: David Giles/PA

Office buildings in London's Docklands after the blast. Picture: David Giles/PA

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An evidence session will be held tomorrow as part of an ongoing inquiry into the role of the UK Government in seeking compensation for the victims of IRA attacks.

The former secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Rt Hon Jack Straw, will be questioned at Portcullis House, Westminster, over the extent to which the government sought compensation for the victims.

Mr Straw will be questioned as part of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s seventh public evidence session for its inquiry.

Many of the IRA attacks during the Troubles were made possible by the Gaddafi regime in Libya after they supplied the terrorist organisation with Semtex, alongside other weapons.

The session will analyse the extent to which the government lobbied on behalf of the IRA victims after relations with Gadaffi’s regime were reopened during Blair’s administration.

Jonathon Ganesh, president of Docklands Victim Association and survivor of the Docklands terrorist atrocity in 1996, will be in attendance on Wednesday to demand answers.

“In 2006 we discovered a paid compensation to IRA victims with American passports. Why didn’t they (the British government) fight for their own victims?”

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