Libya signs for UTA crash payout

Libya has signed a $170-million compensation deal with the families of victims of the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger, paving the way for the normalization of Franco-Libyan relations.

    The UTA jet went down in 1989 killing 150 people

    The deal was signed on Friday by Abdu Salam, director of the al-Qadhafi Foundation, a charity that negotiated for Tripoli, Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, a spokesman for some of the families, Francis Szpiner, attorney for the French victims' rights group SOS Attentats, and a representative of the Caisse des Depots et Consignations, a state-owned financial agency. 

    Seventeen people representing the families of 11 French and African victims of the bombing attended the signing, which took place in a Parisian law office. 

    Denoix de Saint-Marc said shortly before the signing that Libya would pay $1 million to the families of each of the 170 victims of the 1989 bombing. 

    Check certified

    The official from the Caisse des Depots et Consignations certified on Friday a check for $42.5 million, the first of four payments to be made by Libya to the families for a total of $170 million.

    A DC-10 belonging to the French airline UTA went down over the west African state of Niger in September 1989, killing 170 people, including 54 French nationals.

    SOURCE: AFP


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