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Docklands IRA bomb survivor slams Lockerbie bomber’s release

PUBLISHED: 19:01 21 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 05 October 2010

Johnathan... victim of IRA bomb in 1996

Johnathan... victim of IRA bomb in 1996

A SURVIVOR of the Canary Wharf IRA bombing 13 years ago has criticised the release of the Libyan Lockerbie bomber. Jonathan Ganesh was badly injured at Canary Wharf in 1996 by an IRA bomb made from Semtex supplied by the Libyans

By Mike Brooke

A SURVIVOR of the Canary Wharf IRA bombing 13 years ago has criticised the release of the Libyan Lockerbie bomber.

Security guard Jonathan Ganesh was badly injured at Canary Wharf in 1996 (pictured at the time) by an IRA bomb made from Semtex believed to have been supplied by the Libyans.

He joined the wave of international protest over the decision to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi on health grounds who arrived back in Tripoli to a hero’s welcome.

“I am saddened by the release of the Libyan terrorist who killed 270 in the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing,” Ganesh says in a letter to the East London Advertiser.

“I welcome acts of compassion, but feel the unconditional release of this man is another insult to the victims of Libyan-sponsored terrorism that has resulted in many deaths and injuries including children.”

He spoke of “innocent victims in the East End” on Millwall’s Barkantine Estate on the Isle of Dogs who still haven’t been compensated for the Canary Wharf bombing in February, 1996, caused by Libyan Semtex supplied to the IRA.

“This appears to have been forgotten by the Government,” Ganesh adds. “I appreciate the unconditional act of compassion, but am astonished that the Government cannot even obtain an apology from Libya or compensation for families.”

His criticism comes in the wake of condemnation from American President Barrack Obama to release “the biggest mass murderer in British legal history.”


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