09 April 2006

IRA bomb victims to sue Gaddafi

BBC

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIRA victims are to sue the Libyan government and its leader Colonel Gaddafi over claims the country supplied explosives for bomb attacks.

A class action is to be filed in US courts along with lawsuits from American victims of IRA bombings.

Among the UK litigants is Colin Parry, whose son Tim, 12, was killed in the Warrington bomb in 1993.

London-based lawyer Jason McCue, of H2O Law, said the case would take into account 10 IRA bombings.

'Held to account'

These include the Enniskillen bomb which killed 11 people in 1987, the Harrods bomb of 1983 which claimed the lives of six people and the Manchester bomb of 1996 in which no-one was killed.

Mr McCue said the lawsuits were based on any attack where Semtex allegedly supplied by Libya was used for a bomb or to boost a fertiliser bomb.

He said UK victims of the IRA were able to take action in a US court if they joined a legal action being brought by US citizens.

Mr Parry said: "It is important the state of Libya is held to account."

Omagh bombing

He was awarded the OBE in 2004 for his peace campaigning work, which includes setting up the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Trust and the Peace Centre in Warrington in 2000.

Three-year-old Jonathan Ball was also killed in the same blast as Tim Parry.

H2O is also involved in suing the alleged perpetrators of the 1998 Real IRA Omagh bombing.

No-one at the Libyan Embassy was available for comment.

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