Man suing Gerry Adams over IRA allegations recalls ‘massive terror bomb that killed two friends’
Former Sinn Fein chairman Gerry Adams is facing legal action in the High Court in London by three victims of the IRA terror attacks in Britain.
Victims of the 1996 Manchester and Docklands bombings and the 1973 Old Bailey car bomb are seeking £1 in damages in a landmark case.
They claim Mr Adams ‘directed a series of IRA bombings as a senior member, if not leader, of PIRA [Provisional Irish Republican Army] between 1973 and 1996″.
A spokesman for the former Sinn Féin leader said: “Mr Adams rejects the allegations made in the notice of legal action. His lawyer will deal with them.”
In an exclusive interview with GB News presenter Arlene Foster, Docklands Victims Association chairman Jonathan Ganesh described his relationship to the 1996 Docklands terror attack.
He said: “I was working as a part-time security guard in Docklands, I was working at university, and there was a huge terror bomb that killed my two friends.
“It’s something I will never forget.
“It still haunts me to this day, but there are many other people in Docklands and across Northern Ireland and mainland UK who have had very similar experiences.”
The 1996 terrorist attack on Docklands killed two people and injured over 100 workers. The former security guard suffered severe burns and scarring as a result of the incident.
He continued: “My two friends Inam Bashir and John Jeffries, who ran the local newsstand selling sweets to children, were in fact killed and their bodies were extremely badly damaged.”
Mr Ganesh and others pursuing the claims are seeking nominal damages of just £1 in the case, with the action being funded by CrowdJustice, an online fundraising platform specifically designed for legal actions.
The other plaintiffs bringing legal action against Mr Adams are John Clark, a former police officer injured in the 1973 Old Bailey bombing, and Barry Laycock, a railway worker injured by the truck bomb which exploded at Manchester in June 1996.
Outlining the intentions of the £1 nominal damages charge, the chairman of the Docklands Victims Association said: “It’s not about the money, it’s about the principal.
“It’s about bringing some sort of closure to the victims.”
Taking the discussion forward, Mr Ganesh noted the government’s plans to introduce a statute of limitations to end all claims relating to the Troubles before 1998 to prevent Northern Ireland from being “crippled by its past “.
Following the announcements, he added that he believed the government could “crush” politics by preventing their trial.
The 1996 attack abruptly ended the IRA ceasefire, which had been agreed two years earlier.
The bomb damage raised £150m.
A suicide bomber was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but was released after serving two.
Since the start of the crowdfunding campaign on CrowdJustice earlier this year, more than £15,000 has been donated for the lawsuit.
Thanking the public for their donations, the survivor of the terror attack said: ‘We have been amazed at how generous people have been, within hours we have received incredible donations and emails from Northern Ireland as well as from mainland UK who really supported this and supported us, and that was very touching.
“It gave us this renewed confidence that we’re doing the right thing.”
Mr. Ganesh added: “Terrorism is one of humanity’s worst atrocities.
The chairman of the Docklands Victim Association has spoken of the atrocity that tormented Arlene’s family, when the IRA attempted to murder her late father John, a farmer and reserve policeman.
Concluding his comments, Mr Ganesh said: “Our case goes further – to send the message to all terrorists around the world: ‘Listen, you will be held accountable'”.
Mr Adams was detained on suspicion of being an IRA member twice in the 1970s, but was never prosecuted.
In 2014 he was questioned for four days by police investigating the murder of Jean McConville, a 37-year-old widow and mother of ten who was abducted from her Belfast home in 1972, shot and secretly buried.
Mr. Adams was released without charge.
Matthew Jury, of the law firm McCue Jury & Partners, which is representing the three claimants, said: “This is an opportunity for Mr. Adams to give his full and honest account of his role in The Troubles.
“Otherwise it will be up to the court to decide what role he played.”
Mr Adams has always denied ever being in the IRA.