The reopening of the Lockerbie bombing case by US judiciary encouraged new demands for Libya to compensate the families of the victims who died in the Harrods terrorist bombing that took place 39 years ago. The regime of Muammar Gaddafi was accused of orchestrating the bombing.
Irish newspaper, Belfast Telegraph, said the attack was on December 17, 1983 when a car bomb ripped through one of the busiest streets in London that was packed with Christmas shoppers.
"Three police officers and three civilians died when the device exploded outside the famous Harrods department store in Knightsbridge.
Ninety others were injured as the IRA stepped up its campaign in Britain." The newspaper said.
"Susanne Dodd, daughter of Stephen, will also deliver a message to the UK government, as many IRA victims still await compensation from Libya over the Semtex used in bombings." The newspaper added, saying that Dodd said it is evident that this government has no regard for my poor dad and all the other victims and this is why UK victims of Gaddafi/IRA terrorism are still awaiting for compensation.
What surprised the families was that the families of the US citizens who were caught up in the explosion received compensation for their losses and injuries.
The British government asked their victims to resolve this issue with the Libyan government themselves and refused to open this case at the government level.
Secret official papers were revealed for the first time at the beginning of this year about shocking details about the strength of support that the Irish Republican Army received from Libya during the era of Muammar Gaddafi.
The National Police Service of the Republic of Ireland "Garda Síochána", submitted to the Ministry of Justice on 12 June 1992, a file of states that said that Libyans sent six shipments of weapons and financial aid worth about $12 million, which included arms shipments that include over 1.5 million rounds of several types of ammunition, 560 Kalashnikov assault rifles, heavy machine guns, SA-7 rockets, RPG launchers, over 100 anti-tank mines, and Czech-made Semtex plastic explosives.