Delegation of Gaddafi’s vicitms meets Docklands IRA bombing survivors
- Credit: Docklands Victims Assoc
Survivors of the 1996 IRA bombing in Canary Wharf caused by semtex supplied by Colonel Gaddafi met Libyan victims of the deposed dictator in a poignant moment at the Foreign Office in Whitehall.
A delegation of former prisoners of the Gaddafi regime has been in London for talks and to meet members of the Docklands Victims’ Association and Northern Ireland’s Families Acting for Innocent Relatives, as part of the reconciliation process while negotiations continue for compensation.
The delegation was greeted by Jonathan Ganesh, now 40, who was a young security guard at the Midland Bank Canary Wharf HQ caught up in the IRA Semtex lorry blast in February, 1996.
He said: “The Libyan people are now a symbol of hope in their courage that liberated Libya and freed the world of a brutal dictator. We have all suffered directly or indirectly from his regime.”
Jonathan was brought out on a stretcher after being badly injured in the Canary Wharf bombing.
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But two of his friends were killed in a newsagents’ nearby and 142 people were injured, mainly office workers and residents on Millwall’s nearby Barkantine Estate.
His Docklands Victims’ Association, along with families in Northern Ireland, is still fighting for compensation 17 years on.
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He met former Gaddafi prisoner Abubaker Ennuri, leading the Libyan delegation, who was in jail without trial for 30 years and now heads the country’s Defence of Human Rights organisation.