Still reeling from the row surrounding the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, has now changed his stance to support compensation claims against Libya by victims of IRA attacks.

The British government had stated it would not intervene in compensation claims brought by victims of explosives and weaponry supplied to the IRA by Libya.
 
But after a public outcry, the government has said it will now assign dedicated staff from the foreign office to support the victims and their families.
 
Libya has already settled out of court with three US families. But the son of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's leader, says that any claims of this type will be rejected. 
 
Brown has come under popular pressure to back those claims. What will the move mean for his efforts to strenghten business ties with oil-rich Libya?   

Inside Story presenter Lauren Taylor is joined by Said Laswad, editor-in-chief of the Tripoli Post, an English language daily newspaper in Libya, Oliver Miles, a former British diplomat who has served as the British ambassador to Libya, and Andrew Cayley, a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera