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PM lobbied on Gaddafi assets

File photo dated 10/07/09 of Muammar Gaddafi at the G8 Summit in L'Aquilla

File photo dated 10/07/09 of Muammar Gaddafi at the G8 Summit in L'Aquilla

The lawyer who led the successful civil action against the 1998 Omagh bombers is now calling on the Prime Minister to use Colonel Gaddafi’s personal assets to compensate IRA victims.

Only last month the Foreign Office told the News Letter that the UK Government was not pushing for compensation from Libya on behalf of IRA victims.

However, since then David Cameron has appointed his senior security advisor Sir Kim Darroch to lead a fresh drive for justice.

Jason McCue led the civil action against the Omagh bombers.

His business partner Matthew Jury said hundreds of millions of pounds in personal assets of Gaddafi remain frozen by the UK Government and others.

“It seems appropriate that such assets be used to settle the victims’ outstanding claims,” he said this week.

“We have proposed this to Her Majesty’s Government before and, in the light of the Prime Minister’s welcome statement of support last week, we hope it may give it renewed and proper consideration.”

Victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer has been involved in the campaign since 2004.

“Cameron has performed a U-turn in getting behind us now,” he said.

 

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