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Terrorist Attacks

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made since 1996 in investigating the bombing of (a) the Israeli embassy and (b) Balfour House in July 1994, with particular reference to (i) matching and identifying fingerprints, (ii) where the car bombs were manufactured, (iii) the identity of the author of the claims letters and (iv) the identity of the drivers of the car used in the bombing; and if he will make a statement. [113295]

All identified fingerprints were disclosed prior to the trial of Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami, who were convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions. Letters claiming responsibility for the bombings were received from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Jaffa Group. It was never established where the car bombs were assembled or who drove the cars. I have arranged for my officials to place copies of such transcripts of the original trial as are available in the Library. This should provide further information on the points raised.