AN inquiry into the issue of compensating victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA violence during the Troubles has begun at Westminster.
Semtex – a plastic explosive device – from Libya became a notorious weapon of choice for the IRA.
The first links between Libya and the IRA became apparent in 1972.
The country’s then leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi praised the group for their battle against Western imperialism.
He helped provide the IRA with weaponry during the 30-year conflict.
The NI Affairs Committee will today assess whether victims have been awarded the appropriate redress by the government.
It will be the first public evidence session of the inquiry held by the committee.
In addition, it will consider whether the frozen assets of the Gaddafi family could be used as a means of compensation.
The committee welcomes written evidence in relation to the inquiry.