Libyan accord nears onBerlin bomb compensation

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10 June 2004, BERLIN - Lawyers in Germany Thursday said agreement could be announced this weekend on Libyan compensation to victims of a 1986 bombing in Berlin. Two final negotiations sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Berlin between victims' lawyers and a Libyan foundation, it was said. A subsequent news conference will spell out how many millions of dollars in damages will be paid to 160 persons wounded when a bomb exploded 18 years ago in the La Belle nightclub, popular with US servicemen

10 June 2004

BERLIN - Lawyers in Germany Thursday said agreement could be announced this weekend on Libyan compensation to victims of a 1986 bombing in Berlin.

Two final negotiations sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Berlin between victims' lawyers and a Libyan foundation, it was said.

A subsequent news conference will spell out how many millions of dollars in damages will be paid to 160 persons wounded when a bomb exploded 18 years ago in the La Belle nightclub, popular with US servicemen in Berlin.

The Berlin blast killed two servicemen and a woman civilian, and injured 200. In retaliation, the United States carried out air strikes against targets in Libya in April 1986, a few weeks later.

A Berlin court that jailed several Arab men in 2001 for the bombing ruled that Libyan intelligence was the instigator.

Tripoli has already agreed to pay a total of USD 2.7 billion (EUR 2.2 billion) to families of people killed in the 1988 bombing of an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, and similar damages for the destruction of a French airliner in Africa.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reportedly has made a visit to Tripoli contingent on a compensation agreement.

DPA

Subject: German news  

 

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