Real IRA leader loses legal aid in civil suit by relatives of bombing victims

[JURIST] A UK judge Friday upheld the withdrawal of legal aid funding for Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt in his High Court case against relatives of victims in the Omagh bombing. The Legal Services Commission, the UK public legal services agency, withdrew aid to McKevitt after ruling that he lied on his application. McKevitt and four others are being sued for 14 million pounds by the Omagh Victims' Civil Action Group, made up of relatives of the 28 people killed in the 1998 bombing claimed by the Real IRA. McKevitt is also serving a 20-year prison sentence in the Republic of Ireland for directing terrorism. BBC News has more.



 

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