British government appoints special representative for UK victims of Libya-sponsored IRA terrorism

The British government has appointed a special representative for UK victims of Libya-sponsored IRA terrorism.

Former journalist and Charity Commission chair William Shawcross is intended to bring greater government focus on how to support the victims of republican bombings.

He will advise the Foreign Office on the amount of compensation to be sought from the authorities in the north African country.

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt said: "It is excellent that William Shawcross has agreed to take on this important new role, which will help move us closer to resolving this pressing issue.

"I am confident that William's appointment will bring greater focus to our efforts to support the victims of these terrible acts of terrorism."

A campaign by victims of IRA blasts using Libyan Semtex plastic explosives, including at Harrods, has been running for years.

The bereaved and injured are pressing for UK government support for their bid for financial redress paid out of the large number of frozen assets seized from the toppled Gaddafi administration.

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