Libya to compensate Berlin bomb victims

A charity headed by the son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi has pledged to compensate the victims of a 1986 bombing of a German disco.

    Al-Qadhafi is under pressure to accept responsibility for anti-American attacks

    Two US soldiers and a Turkish woman were killed and more

    than 200 people were injured in the Berlin bombing

    which led to a US

    bombing campaign against Libyan cities.

    The Al-Qadhafi International Foundation for Charity

    Associations said on Thursday it is hoping to meet victims and their families to

    reach a quick and simple solution

    .

    "However, this humanitarian initiative is not recognition or

    acceptance of responsibility for this act from any side

    whatsoever," said the charity, which is led by al-Qadhafi's son

    Saif al-Islam.

    German news magazine Der Spiegel reported earlier this month

    that Libya had told the German government it was

    ready to make payments to non-American victims of the bombing.

    However, the foundation declined to give details

    of who would receive compensation

    .

    A Berlin court ruled in 2001 that the Libyan secret service was

    behind the attack, which occurred a month after the U

    S sank two Libyan patrol boats in the Gulf of Sirte.

    A group campaigning for compensation said it welcomed

    the charity's

     statement.

    Lawyers representing non-American victims

    said they were seeking 500,000 euros for each injured person. 

     

    Two hundred and seventy people
    died in the Lockerbie bombing

    The move came after Libya accepted responsibility "for the actions of its

    officials" in the bombing of an airliner over Lockerbie,

    Scotland, in 1988.

    Last week it transferred $2.7 billion to the

    Bank for International Settlements to compensate the families of

    the 270 people who died when the plane was blown up.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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