IRA semtex bomb survivors in Scotland Yard talks over ‘Gaddafi henchmen living in Surrey’
PUBLISHED: 22:38 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 22:38 04 August 2016
Members of the deposed Gaddafi regime in Libya who supplied semtex to the IRA for the 1996 Canary Wharf bombing are living secretly today in the Home Counties, relatives of the victims have learned.
Details of Gaddafi’s henchmen who are said to be sheltering in Surrey have been passed on to Scotland Yard.
Now members of the Docklands Victims Association are calling for prosecutions for aiding terrorism for the attack in which a lorry packed with semtex was detonated outside the Midland Bank’s Canary Wharf HQ—killing two men and injuring 50 other people.
Ihsan Bashir, the brother of Imam Bashir, one of the two men who died on that February day more than 20 years ago, had a meeting yesterday with the Anti-Terrorist Command when he handed over details of the Gaddafi henchmen living a few miles from his own home near Cheam.
“There are suspects living in Surrey claiming political asylum who should be arrested,” Ihsan told the East London Advertiser.
“They should be investigated—some of them have been here since 2011, claiming asylum after the Gaddafi regime collapsed.
“These people shouldn’t be allowed to live freely here if our justice system means something—mess with us and we’ll mess with them.”
He and members of the Docklands organisation had a 90-minute meeting with senior police figures to put their case.
“We went to Scotland Yard to show we are still around after 20 years,” Ishan added. “They listened to what we said about these people living here and promised to investigate.
“We expect police to do what they can for the victims—not those who supplied the semtex.”
His brother Imam, who was 29, died serving in the family’s newsagent’s shop at South Quay when the IRA detonated the massive bomb a few feet away that wrecked the bank tower block. Also killed in the blast was shop-worker John Jefferies, 31.
The explosion damaged buildings and shattered windows up to half-a-mile away, including Millwall’s Barkantine housing estate.
The Bashire family still owns the shop today, now operating as the Baguette Express sandwich takeaway. They donate 10 per cent of the business profits to the Docklands organisation to help victims and their families still suffering today and to campaign for compensation from Libyan assets frozen in this country.