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Payout hope for victims of London bombings sponsored by Gaddafi

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/10/2017 JOE MURPHY

© Provided by Independent Print Limited A 30-year battle by victims of London bombings sponsored by terrorist-backing despot Muammar Gaddafi has made a major breakthrough, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Libyan leaders are offering to meet British people who suffered injuries or lost relatives in a spate of IRA bombings in the Eighties and early Nineties, including devastating attacks on Harrods, Hyde Park and Canary Wharf.

News of the offer of talks has been privately passed by the Foreign Office to campaigners fighting for compensation from a £9.4 billion fortune stashed away in London by the Gaddafi regime before it collapsed.

gaddafi-0.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited gaddafi-0.jpg Campaigners representing victims from London and Northern Ireland may be flown to Tripoli to meet a senior figure in the Libyan justice ministry.

Although there is no compensation on the table, the offer of talks has raised hopes. 

Susanne Dodd, the daughter of a hero police officer killed in the 1983 Harrods bombing, said: “It is looking very promising. But I hope there are no more delays because some of the victims are very elderly and others have already died without getting the help they needed. We have lost 30 people among the victims since this campaign began.”

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Susanne’s father, Inspector Stephen Dodd, 34, was one of three Met officers killed trying to save shoppers and tourists near the famous store just before Christmas in 1983.

Jonathan Ganesh, who founded the Docklands Victims Association, said he believed the campaign was making progress but could not discuss details.

“I feel more optimistic that the Government is now committed to correcting this injustice. But many victims have suffered greatly with injuries or poverty who should have been helped sooner.”

an132048939britains-foreign.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited an132048939britains-foreign.jpg Libyan assets in Britain have been valued at a staggering £9,467,630,000, including cash, properties and investments. They are frozen under UN sanctions until a permanent new government is recognised in Tripoli.

A Whitehall source said it was too early to discuss compensation. However, he said the interim Libyan authorities had expressed deep sympathy for British victims along with their own innocent victims of Gaddafi.

“They all suffered at the hands of this dreadful man,” said the source.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt have both met campaigners in the past two days.

Campaigners are bitter that American, French and German governments won substantial payouts for their own victims while Gaddafi was in power. A cross-party report this year said Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron all missed opportunities to secure payments during Gaddafi’s life and at his fall in 2011, when he was murdered by a mob.

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