DENARO LIBICO SOLO PER GLI INNOCENTI

In vista di un accordo tra governo libico e britannico sul risarcimento per le vittime dell’IRA, si apre la discussione su chi sarà a doverne beneficiare

“Sarebbe assurdo che gli autori di violenze e le persone che hanno utilizzato le armi fornite dalla Libia possano beneficiare di tale risarcimento”, ha dichiarato Jeffrey Donaldson in procinto di volare a Tripoli per incontrare una delegazione governativa libica, in merito al risarcimento alle vittime dell’IRA; accordo che parrebbe già esistere, stando alle affermazioni del Colonello Gheddafi a Sky News.
Ed è proprio in vista di tale accordo che si scatenano le polemiche su chi debba essere il reale beneficiario del denaro.
Jim Allister, leader del Traditional Unionist Voice, ha descritto come “inquietante” qualsiasi suggerimento che il risarcimento possa essere assegnato a tutte le vittime.
Il Victims and Survivors Order del 2006 aveva stabilito infatti che coloro che sono stati uccisi mentre erano impegnati in attività terroristiche dovevano essere considerati appartenenti alla stessa categoria delle vittime innocenti.
“Qualsiasi tentativo da parte di terroristi o delle loro famiglie, di trarre vantaggio dall’enorme lavoro svolto dalle vittime innocenti per ottenere un risarcimento dalla Libia, dovrebbe peraltro essere fermamente opposto con resistenza”, ha affermato Allister.
Willie Frazer, alla testa del FAIR (Families Acting for Innocent Relatives) pur concordando con il leader del TUV lascia però un spiraglio: “Ma se qualcuno, un ex paramilitare, si fa avanti e dichiara pubblicamente che non supporta più la violenza e prova di esserne stato vittima, ecco questo sarà qualcosa che qualcuno dovrà chiarire”.
“La gente che sostiene la violenza non può essere ricompensata. Ma non è detto che anche se si pente, otterrà il risarcimento”.
Jeffrey Donaldson ha poi aggiunto che potrebbe esserci un terza categoria coinvolta nella spartizione della somma risarcitoria, ovvero quella relativa all’istituzione di un fondo per la pace e la riconciliazione in Irlanda del Nord.

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‘Libyan cash only for the innocent’ (NewsLetter)
Only innocent victims of IRA terror should benefit from Libyan compensation, a unionist politician has claimed.
Speaking out after BBC Spotlight’s investigation into possible Libyan compensation to IRA victims, TUV leader Jim Allister described as “disturbing” any suggestion that money could be allocated to all “victims”.
He said that, as defined by the 2006 Victims and Survivors Order, those who were killed while engaged in terrorism were in the same category as innocent victims.
“Any attempt by terrorists or their families to piggyback on the tremendous work done by innocent victims to get compensation from Libya should likewise be steadfastly resisted,” he said.
Families Acting for Innocent Relatives spokesman, Willie Frazer, whose group launched the action against Libya, added: “We are not going to stand by and let terrorists benefit from this.”
He added: “But if someone, a former paramilitary, comes forward and says they no longer support violence publicly and prove they were a victim, this will be something for someone else to sort out.
“People who support violence cannot be rewarded. But there is no saying that even if they do repent that they will get compensation.”
DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson, who plans to fly to Libya to discuss the compensation claim, insisted that terrorists would not receive such money.
He said: “It would be absurd for the perpetrators of violence and the people who used the weapons supplied from Libya to benefit from this compensation.”
There was, he said, “not a possibility of this happening”.
Mr Donaldson did not specify how much money victims were seeking, but said they wanted to reach a multi-million pound settlement.
“We’re still in discussions with the Libyans so none of this is settled,” he said.
“The idea that’s emerging is that if there was a settlement then obviously those victims who have taken legal action against the Libyan government would be the first to benefit from any settlement.
“We would then hope that would be widened out to include generally victims of IRA terrorism.
“There’s a third category which would involve establishing a fund to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.”
Last night a Foreign Office spokesman said successive Governments have tried to secure compensation from Libya for the victims of IRA terrorism.
“Libya has told us that it considers this matter closed.
We nevertheless continue actively to monitor their position,” he said.
“Bill Rammell raised this matter during his visit to Libya in February 2009 and we have raised this issue frequently since the restoration of diplomatic relations.
“As a result, our judgement was that the most likely way to succeed was to support the families themselves in their legal representations through their lawyers to the Libyan authorities.
“The Government has been willing all along to support the families and we’ve now increased our support by establishing a dedicated unit focused on this issue.
“We understand that a group of MPs and victims of IRA terrorism are planning to visit Libya in the coming weeks. As we have told the group of MPs involved, we will be doing everything we can to support that visit.”

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