Belfast Telegraph

Payout prospects for terror victims move a step closer

By Noel McAdam

The chances of compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism are set to grow larger today.

Legislation that proposes using Libyan assets frozen in the UK is set to pass its next stage in the House of Lords.

It is being moved by Ulster Unionist Peer Lord Empey, who said the UK assets of the family of the former dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi amounted to £9.5bn.

Gaddafi supplied shiploads of weapons and Semtex to the IRA, which the group used to attack civilians and the military.

The Government told MPs on the NI Affairs Committee, however, that international law would prevent it from using frozen Libyan assets in the UK.

But Lord Empey is hopeful the Asset Freezing (compensation) Bill will change the position.

"We have not given up on trying to get some level of support for the victims of Gaddafi, wherever they live in the United Kingdom," he said.

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