2 of 4 Omagh bombing suspects win lawsuit appeal

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Posted: Jul 07, 2011 8:52 AM
2 of 4 Omagh bombing suspects win lawsuit appeal

Northern Ireland's appeals court has partly overturned a landmark civil judgment that held four men responsible for the 1998 car bombing of Omagh, the deadliest attack of the Northern Ireland conflict.

The three-judge panel ruled Thursday that the original trial judge gave too much credence to evidence identifying two of the men, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly, as members of the Real IRA gang behind the 1998 attack. The blast killed 29.

The judges ordered a civil retrial for Murphy and reserved judgment on whether to do the same for Daly. They upheld the civil convictions of Real IRA leaders Michael McKevitt and Liam Campbell.

In 2009, a Belfast judge found all four men liable for the bomb and ordered them to pay victims' relatives 1.6 million pounds ($2.5 million).