Intimidation blamed for Omagh bomb case delay

THE Omagh bomb families’ process of extracting £1.6m in damages from three of the four convicted terrorists who have been found liable for the atrocity has been held up in the High Court in Dublin this week.

They have blamed delaying tactics and intimidation for this.

Frustrated by the lack of a criminal prosecution in the case, the relatives of some of those who died launched this landmark civil action 10 years ago.

The families are now trying to have four of the men declared bankrupt after they failed to pay the judgment awarded to the families in Belfast in 2009.

Back then the judge in the landmark civil trial in Belfast High Court ruled that Michael McKevitt, the former chief of staff of the Real IRA; his deputy, Liam Campbell and Continuity IRA leader, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly were all liable for the bombing, ordering them to pay £1.6m damages to 12 relatives.

The bomb was the single biggest atrocity of the Troubles, claimed 29 lives, including a woman pregnant with twins.

However, it has only recently become possible for the families to begin direct legal action to enforce payment, after failed prosecutions by the authorities relating to Omagh, and failed attempts by the four men to overturn the High Court ruling, which ended in the European Court of Human Rights in 2016.

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