Ex-UUP head: '˜Jack Straw adds to belief that IRA victims were expendable'
Former UUP leader Reg Emepy said Jack Straw's evidence to the probe into compensation for victims of Libyan-linked IRA attacks will have 're-enforced the feeling amongst victims that they were expendable'.
Speaking of Gaddafi’s aid to the IRA, he said: “Boat-loads of weapons were sent by him and these weapons gave the IRA tremendous leverage...
“A Bill that I have introduced in the Lords is due for its committee stage next month. The Bill is designed to free up some of the £9.5 billion of Gadaffi frozen assets in London for the benefit of victims of Libyan-sponsored terrorism.
“I hope that my Bill will receive support from across the political spectrum, so that justice is done and victims are appropriately compensated.”
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See report on the Bill from earlier this year, in which Mr Empey said it could help “right the wrong done by Tony Blair”.