LIBYA AND THE SUPPLY OF SEMTEX TO DURING THE NORTHERN IRELAND CONFLICT
KRW LAW LLP act for a number of families bereaved and injured as result of Libyan supplied Semtex to PIRA during the Conflict in Northern Ireland.
These cases range from the fatal explosions in Belfast, Enniskillen, Derry, Newry and London.
Today, KRW have issued the first of a number of High Court actions in the case of Seamus Sullivan and George Brown who were injured in bomb blasts on the Falls Road in 1988 and on the Shankill Road in 1993 in Belfast, respectively.
The legal actions by way of civil claims are directed against the State of Libya, alledging that Libya supplied the explosives used to kill or injure in a series of lethal attacks between 1987 to 1994.
KRW will request the High Court in Belfast to seek leave to serve the proceedings outside the jurisdiction after further discovery applications against the PSNI.
It is disappointing that despite the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Reports in 2015 and 2017 confirming the supply of Semtex from Libya to paramilitaries in Ireland, the PSNI have steadfastly refused to confirm its use in specific incidents.
In the absence of any good reason it can only be assumed it is to prevent many possible legal actions for similarly affected bereaved and injured.
The focus of this Group Action it to access the billions of dollars of restrained funds seized by the British government after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime in 2011.
It is unacceptable that victims in Ireland and Britain are deprived of compensation and yet claims involving other countries including the USA, France and Germany were resolved by way of compensation for Libyan resourced attacks.
Kevin Winters of KRW said:
“As ever when it comes to justice issues involving the Conflict politics seems to get in the way Our test case litigation will hopefully side step all previous politicking including the real reasons why previous British administrations failed to address this ongoing justice deficit.”