Fight for compensation goes on despite Libya troubles

By Rob Virtue on February 23, 2011 11:03 AM |


Growing uncertainty over the future of Colonel Gaddafi and the current Libyan state will not affect Docklands bomb victims' claims for compensation, according to a leading figure in the group.

The Arab country has been embroiled in protests aimed at the oppressive regime, which has reacted by allegedly killing hundreds in an attempt to quell the uprising.

Colonel Gaddafi moved quickly to reject rumours he had fled the country and insisted he would continue to fight, although many reports suggest a revolution is on the cards.

However, Jonathan Ganesh, a security guard injured in the 1996 explosion, for which Semtex was supplied by the Libyan state, said Docklands Victims' Association would continue its campaign for compensation.

"Whatever happens we will continue our claims against a new government and that's something that will need to be resolved," he said. "They will be held accountable."

The disruption in the Arab state began just over a week after a multi-faith service was held on the 15th anniversary of the South Quay blast that killed shop workers Inam Bashir and John Jeffries.

The service saw 12 doves released in the name of reconciliation.

"I'm just saddened that we released doves to Colonel Gaddafi for peace and I wrote to him asking him to respond and he should have addressed that. But he never did," said Jonathan.

United States victims had received compensation from Libya for its sponsorship of terrorism after an earlier deal was agreed between those governments.