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Docklands bombing: victim ‘concerned’ by Jack Straw’s answers

PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:48 27 October 2016

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

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A survivor of the 1996 Docklands bombing said questions remain unanswered after the former foreign secretary was quizzed by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.

Jonathon Ganesh, second from right, members and supporters of the DVAJonathon Ganesh, second from right, members and supporters of the DVA

Earlier today Jack Straw was questioned on the extent to which the government lobbied Gaddafi’s Libyan regime for compensation after they supplied the IRA with Semtex, along with other weapons.

Jonathon Ganesh, founder of the Docklands Victim Association (DVA), attended the public evidence session, at Porticullis House, Westminster, and said he was ‘concerned’ by the answers given.

“It was very interesting but to be honest I was disappointed because, although I appreciate Jack Straw turning up today, some of the answers concerned me a little bit,” said Jonathon.

“As foreign secretary how can you have victims in America (awarded compensation) yet our government chose not to pursue that under Blair.

“I’m happy he came but I’m concerned because he didn’t answer those questions we desperately need.”

Despite his disappointment Jonathon is optimistic that the outcome of the inquiry will shed some light on the issue whilst a bill to free up the dictator’s assets will go through the committee stage next Tuesday.

Should the bill be passed victims of IRA attacks made possible by Libyan munitions will finally receive the compensation they’ve sought for 20 years.

“I don’t think any MP with an ounce of compassion would vote against that bill - it represents hope and humanity,” said Jonathon.

“It will close a chapter but more importantly it will end the pain and suffering.

“It’s coming to an apex now.

Whilst Jonathon feels let down by the government he thanked the 15,000 people that signed a petition for justice for victims of Gaddafi.

“We’ve been let down by the government but the people have really supported us. God bless the people of east London, they are a real credit to the East End.”

Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Advertiser for an in-depth interview with Jonathon about the DVA’s 20 year fight for justice.

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