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May promises action for victims of Libyan-supplied IRA Semtex

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By Gillian Halliday

Theresa May has said the Government will do all it can to resolve the issue of compensation for victims of Libyan-funded IRA terrorism.

The Prime Minister was grilled on the matter by DUP MP Nigel Dodds at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.

Mr Dodds said there were £12bn of frozen Libyan assets held in the UK, with £17m in tax recovered from these in the past three years.

He was referring to an inquiry by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that revealed the Government's multimillion-pound tax receipt from frozen assets.

Mr Dodds said US citizens had received compensation from the Libyan authorities, but UK victims had not.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's supply of Semtex explosives to the IRA in the mid-1980s led to a deadly campaign of attacks, including the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bomb in 1987, which killed 12.

Mr Dodds told Mrs May that victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism deserved justice.

In response, the Prime Minister said she would tell Government officials to make "every effort" to resolve the situation.

Mrs May said it was key that officials liaised with victims, adding: "It is important that their voices are a crucial part of that."

Welcoming the pledge, Mr Dodds said it was imperative the Government no longer stalled on delivering compensation.

"Victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism have been involved in a long campaign for justice and compensation," he said.

"This is a call which comes not just from Northern Ireland, but from all parts of the UK and across all political parties."

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