Omagh bombing civil retrial to begin at High Court

Mon, Jan 14, 2013, 00:00

The retrial of two men who were sued by relatives of the people who lost their lives in the 1998 Real IRA Omagh bombing begins today at Belfast High Court.

The retrial of Colm Murphy (above) and Seamus Daly is taking place after they successfully appealed a civil court decision that found them liable for the bombing which killed 29 people including a woman pregnant with twin girls.

The case was due to start last November but was delayed due to the illness of one of the lawyers involved. It is expected to last about six weeks.

The Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt and his dissident republican colleague Liam Campbell failed in their 2011 bid to have the 2009 civil court judgment against them overturned.

In that case McKevitt, Campbell – who is facing extradition to Lithuania on gun-smuggling charges – and Murphy and Daly were found liable for the bombing and were ordered to pay £1.6 million in compensation to the families. No one has been criminally convicted for the Omagh bombing. McKevitt and Campbell are seeking to go to the European Court of Human Rights.