IRA Docklands and Ulster victims to fly to Libya in compensation bid
The fall of Gaddafi’s regime in Libya could help victims of IRA bombings get compensation—including those in East London caught up in the 1996 Canary Wharf outrage.
A delegation is expected to fly to Libya in the next few days, according to victims’ campaigner William Frazer.
“We have been assured by the Foreign Office that everything is on course,” he said. “We have been talking to the Transitional Council in Benghazi which acknowledged that IRA victims had also suffered and should be compensated.”
The campaigners have already signed a tacit agreement with the Transitional Council’s chairman Mustafa Jalil, who has apologised for the Gadaffi regime supplying the IRA with arms for bombing campaigns in Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.
One of the worst outrages was the lorry packed with explosives detonated at South Quay 15 years ago targeted at the Canary Wharf financial district that wrecked tower blocks and banks, injuring scores of office workers and people living in the area.
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Two men in Newstop newsagent’s in South Quay were killed in the blast, Inan Bashir, 27, and guitarist John Jeffries, 24.
Millwall’s Barkantyne estate nearby was devastated by the effects of the blast shattering windows.
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One man caught in the explosion was security guard Jonathan Ganesh, who led the injured out of the Midland Bank where he was on duty despite his own injuries.
He later set up the Isle of Dogs branch of the IRA victims’ Association and was in Belfast earlier this year campaigning for the same compensation from Libya as American victims of Lockerbie received in 2008.
He told the East London Advertiser today: “The Transitional Council’s chairman knows how much damage Gaddafi has done to Britain and saw how much we have suffered from this evil dictator.”
A Parliamentary delegation of MPs at Westminster is to continue negotiations when Libya’s new transitional government is expected to be in place in Tripoli this week.