UK ter­ror vic­tims can claim com­pen­sa­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

BRI­TISH VIC­TIMS of ter­ror­ist at­tacks abroad can now ap­ply for com­pen­sa­tion as part of a new gov­ern­ment scheme.

The Min­istry of Jus­tice an­nounced the plan on Mon­day and con­firmed that peo­ple in­jured in at­tacks in Is­rael could ap­ply.

The scheme will ini­tially con­sider ap­pli­ca­tions from those in­jured in six se­ri­ous ter­ror at­tacks — in­clud­ing the atroc­i­ties in Mum­bai in 2008 and Bali in 2002 — but vic­tims in­jured in other at­tacks af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2002 can also ap­ply.

For such cases the For­eign Sec­re­tary will de­cide whether the in­ci­dent in ques­tion can be added to the scheme.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Crispin Blunt said: “We should sup­port and com­pen­sate those peo­ple who sadly have been in­jured in over­seas ter­ror­ist atroc­i­ties. While we will never be able to put right the harm vic­tims of ter­ror­ism suf­fer, we hope this scheme will go some way to­wards help­ing them re­build their lives.”

Com­pen­sa­tion can only be claimed by sur­vivors who were in­jured them­selves.

At­tempts to es­tab­lish how many Bri­tish cit­i­zens in­jured in Is­rael are cov­ered by the new guide­lines have so far proved fruit­less, as there is no break­down of those wounded in at­tacks, only of those killed.

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