Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Victims of IRA plan Libya visit to quiz Gaddafi's former spy

A victims group is travelling to Libya aiming to set up a meeting with Colonel Gaddafi's former chief spy before he goes on trial for war crimes.

Willie Frazer will be part of the delegation, which hopes to make progress on securing compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism.

Libya supplied Semtex for IRA attacks said to include the 1987 Enniskillen bomb which killed 11 people and the 1988 Ballygawley bus bombing which killed eight soldiers.

Abdullah Senussi, who was head of intelligence during the Gaddafi regime, is due to stand trial in March accused of war crimes allegedly committed during the 2011 uprising.

Mr Frazer will be joined by a second member of the Fair victims group, plus campaigners for Yvonne Fletcher, the policewoman shot dead outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984.

Mr Frazer said they had been advised of the dangers in travelling to Libya, but said it was important to try and secure justice for IRA victims.

He claimed Senussi had information on the killing of Yvonne Fletcher and was heavily involved in co-ordinating arrangements between the IRA and the Gaddafi administration.

"Senussi knows exactly what arms and explosives were given to the IRA, who received finance and what training was provided to the republican terror group," he said. "It is our intention to try and meet with Abdullah Senussi before his trial take place."

At the weekend it emerged IRA victims could sue Tony Blair over claims the former prime minister brokered a deal with the US that ended hopes of their multi-million pound compensation claim.

Tony Blair 'brokered deal' blocking IRA victims from suing Libya 

 

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