Omagh suspect seeks damages over probe

An Omagh bomb atrocity suspect is seeking up to £15,000 in compensation after claiming he was left traumatised by police questioning, it has been revealed.

Stunned relatives of the dead have protested to the Government, urging ministers to resist any payout.

Victor Barker, a lawyer whose 12-year-old son James was killed at Omagh, insisted it was wrong.

He said: "It's pretty sickening that someone might get compensation of that level."

The man, from south Armagh, was among dozens of republicans interviewed by detectives investigating the August 1998 Real IRA outrage which killed 29 people.

At one stage during the interrogation harrowing photographs of the carnage were allegedly produced and shown to the man.

He claimed police offered him no counselling for any trauma brought on by exposure to the shocking images.

Police tonight refused to comment on the ongoing legal action, which could be heard by a judge at the Northern Ireland High Court in Belfast.

The man who lodged the claim, a former prisoner, has not been charged in connection with Omagh.

But it is understood he is a former Provisional IRA member who later turned against the Sinn Fein leadership of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

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