A NORTHERN Ireland victims’ campaigner says he is hopeful the Libyan government will open its files on IRA links after it promised to disclose all documents relating to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in Scotland, which claimed 270 lives.
The Libyan administration is said to be preparing to release all files relating to the 1988 bombing, according to the country’s ambassador to the UK.
Mahmud Nacua said: “We sympathise with them [the victims], with their loss and I think our government, when we have enough time, enough security and stability, all files will be open and everyone will know what happened with that crime.”
In 2001, Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of mass murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
He was released eight years later on compassionate grounds because he was suffering from cancer and he died in May this year.
Yesterday, Northern Ireland victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer said he too wished Libya would open up its files about the massive shipments of arms it made to the IRA during the Troubles. Mr Frazer is due to travel to Libya in January.
He said: “The main man we want to talk to about this is Libya’s former spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, who is in prison there at the minute. He was the one who set up the deals with the IRA. We have been told he will meet us to discuss all this and has no objections and that we will get access to the files when things are a little more settled.
“We want the names of individuals in the IRA who set up the deals with him. IRA men were taken out there and given training in weapons and explosives. He has all that information.
“We are seeing inquiries on Loughinisland, Bloody Sunday and Pat Finucane, but without these arms shipments the IRA could not have run their campaigns during the Troubles.
“Our politicians should be the ones pressing the Foreign Office for this information from Libya but it is left up to us.”