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La Belle victims ask for Qaddafi money

The Local · 23 Apr 2011, 11:03

Published: 23 Apr 2011 11:03 GMT+02:00

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Lawyers representing victims of the Berlin disco bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 200, have written to the government asking for around €600 million to be set aside for them, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

A 21-year-old American soldier and a 28-year-old Turkish woman were killed in the blast at the West Berlin disco, while another badly injured soldier died a few weeks later. A bomb containing metal shrapnel was detonated near the dance floor. It not only killed the three who died, but left others with missing limbs and burns.

The small group who planted the bomb, in revenge for the American sinking of two Libyan patrol boats the previous month, were thought to have been told to do so by the Libyan government, although this has not been proven.

This week’s letter, which has been sent to Economics Minister Rainer Brüderle and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, puts the government in an awkward position as it has not yet decided what to do with the Qaddafi money.

Around €6 billion of the Libyan dictator’s fortune has been frozen in Germany, which Brüderle has already suggested could be used to pay for humanitarian missions to help the people of Libya.

Such a move is only thought to be legally feasible as part of a coordinated European Union move to use all the frozen Qaddafi money for such missions, possibly via the United Nations.

But now lawyers in Germany are arguing that the injured Germans and the Turkish woman who was killed in the bombing, should see some of the money.

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They were paid some money via Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam’s foundation as a ‘humanitarian gesture’, but this was said to have been well under the level which might have otherwise been expected.

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16:06 April 23, 2011 by wenddiver
Pay the Victims and use the rest to buy Weapons and training from the West, so the Libiyan people can dispose of their Dictator themselves.

Of course all of this is dependent on the Libiyan Rebels forming an Army that can be trained and a Government the West can recognize.

America's Army never really took of until Baron Von Stueben started training the Army, both STAFF AND TROOPS. Without training the weapons will be wasted.
17:34 April 23, 2011 by jmclewis
It is a shame that these families have yet been compensated!
21:27 April 23, 2011 by cheeba
They accepted compensation from Saif Al-Islam. Well below what they expected? Maybe you should have rejected it then instead of running to the bank with your checks. And now your lawyers demand another bite from the apple...
18:55 April 24, 2011 by raandy
Come you gold diggers that money belongs to the Libyan people,get another life will ya.
06:23 April 25, 2011 by wenddiver
By all means take te money, pay his victims and give the remainder to the gasoline buyers he gouged.
15:19 May 24, 2011 by Mrspencer03
To be straight to the point ; I am one of the US soldiers that was in the club at the time of the explosion. What pisses me off is that when I exited through a wall into an adjacent building I got the HELL on in case of another explosion might occur, I went to the BERLIN-ARMY Hospital to where I received treatment for my ears and the massive headache.. For some odd-ass reason with such big commotion the Sp4 that was seeing about me did not do her paperwork(medical).. I was given 800mg of Motrin and sent on.. Now at the time I was living in Zelendolph on Berlepsch Str.. there in Berlin with a lived in girlfriend even through I had my quarters at Andrews Kaserene...on Finkelstein Allee... I did not get the Purple Heart and I did not get compensated as of today I suffer from occasion earaches,migrane headacehes, and PTSD.. I've applied for the compensation with affidavits from soldiers that was with me at the time of the explosionto The Foriugn Claims Commission., but yet they asking for a medical report from that time.. These clowns thats up in Washington DC sitting on there duffs don't know how soldiers like me feel to have had gone through that crap and suffering from it an would not relinquish to you what is do...It has been people that has been compensated and was not even near the time of the incident.. I
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