The Solicitors Journal (UK) reports today that “Victims of international terrorist attacks can claim compensation”:
“Ministers announced in February that they would be cutting compensation for victims of domestic crime who currently qualify for compensation of £2,000 or less from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (see solicitorsjournal.com, 6 February 2012).
However, they said victims of overseas terrorist attacks, which took place from January 2002, would be entitled to apply for compensation on an ‘ex gratia’ basis.
The MoJ announced today that those caught up in six international incidents would be the first to be able to claim.
These are the nightclub bombing by Islamist extremists on the island of Bali, Indonesia, in October 2002, and the attack on Mumbai by Pakistan-based militants in November 2008.
Terrorist attacks on Red Sea resorts in Egypt, Sharm el Sheikh in 2005 and Dahab in 2006, and resorts in Turkey, Kusadasi in 2005 and Marmaris in 2006 complete the list.
A spokeswoman for the MoJ said people injured in other terrorist attacks abroad can apply to the foreign secretary, who will consider adding the incident to the scheme.”
The report cites a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman that the “[UK] government would introduce a statutory scheme for future terrorist incidents as soon as parliamentary time allowed.”
Back here in the Colonies, the Canadian government recently enacted Bill C-10 (short title: Safe Streets and Communities Act), an omnibus criminal law statute, which received Royal Assent on March 13, 2012. (more…)