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Nicholson welcomes ECHR decision on Omagh case

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has welcomed the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to dismiss an appeal by two men ordered to pay compensation over the Omagh bombing.

Jim Nicholson said:

“The Omagh bomb was an horrific and despicable atrocity. 18 years after the event we are still waiting for the terrorists who caused the devastating explosion in 1998 that killed 29 people and injured hundreds more, to be brought to justice.  

“With regard to this case, the applicants had complained to the European Court of Human Rights that the civil claim brought against them and others, by many of the Omagh families, had been unfair. The Court has unanimously declared the applications inadmissible.

“We must never forget that it is the Omagh families and their loved ones who are the real victims. It is they who have had their human rights violated and who have been fighting for justice since that dreadful day in August 1998. If this decision by the European Court of Human Rights helps the Omagh families in their pursuit of truth and justice, then it is to be welcomed.”

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