Kadhafi's son resists IRA compensation bid
Tripoli will resist demands for compensation from IRA victims, the influential son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said Monday as the fall-out over the Lockerbie bomber grows, AFP reported.
Seif al-Islam told Sky News television that any claims for compensation over Libya's supply of explosives to the now-defunct Irish Republican Army paramilitary group would be a matter for "the courts".
Britain's diplomatic manoeuvring with Libya has been under the microscope since August 20 when the man convicted over the Lockerbie plane bombing -- the worst-ever terror attack in Britain -- was given compassionate release and returned from Scotland to Tripoli.
Islam's comments came the day after Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged to support compensation claims made against Libya by victims of IRA bombings, following newspaper reports that he declined to press Kadhafi on the issue.
Letters released by his Downing Street office showed Brown wrote to the IRA victims' lawyer Jason McCue in October 2008 saying he did "not think it appropriate" for ministers to open talks on compensation with Tripoli.
But Brown swiftly announced that he was setting up a dedicated Foreign Office team to assist the IRA victims.
Islam said: "Anyone can knock on our door. You go to the court. They have their lawyers. We have our lawyers."
Asked if his answer to the compensation demand would be "no", he replied: "Of course."