State Department Lobbies for Total Immunity for Libya, Says Motley Rice LLC

Administration Asks Congress to Leave out U.K. Citizens In

Anti-Terrorism Settlement with Libya

Ill Omen for Cuban Americans, Others

Jul 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from Motley Rice LLC

    MT. PLEASANT, S.C., July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ignoring a long
 history of anti-terrorism cooperation between the U.S. and the U.K., over
 two centuries of legal precedent under the Alien Tort Statute, and the
 express will of Congress under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the
 State Department has submitted to Congress draft legislation that would
 grant Libya complete immunity for past alleged acts of terrorism without
 the complete resolution of all plaintiffs' actions currently pending in
 U.S. courts. This last minute proposal was first reported yesterday evening
 in an article posted on The Hill website
     "This Act selfishly settles some plaintiffs' claims and throws the rest
 of the plaintiffs to the wolves - seeking to bar these victims from
 proceeding further with their legitimate litigation against Libya. This
 outrageous proposal is a complete insult to our allies and friends,"
 commented Ronald L. Motley, partner in the plaintiff's attorney firm Motley
 Rice LLC, representing plaintiffs in McDonald, et. al. v. Socialist
 Peoples' Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, et. al., and the LaBelle disco bombing in
 the Lockerbie case.
     "U.K. and U.S. plaintiffs stand united in the same cause and enjoy
 equal standing in our courts under the Alien Tort Statute. The U.S. and
 U.K. are fighting side-by-side in the war on terrorism. We can not abandon
 them. Furthermore, it sets a bad precedent for the future normalization of
 relations with current 'state sponsors of terrorism' like Cuba, Iran,
 Sudan, North Korea, and Syria - should those countries ever return to fold
 of the community of nations," Motley added.
     McDonald v. Libya alleges that beginning in the 1970s and continuing
 into the 1980s, the Provisional Irish Republican Army was given material
 support from Libya in the form of ammunition, arms, finances, and
 explosives. This support included the deadly explosive agent Semtex,
 explosive components, military and explosives training, and bases of
 operation within Libya. In particular, Semtex and other components provided
 by Libya were utilized in the PIRA bombing campaign against innocent
     Led by Ronald Motley and Joseph Rice, the Motley Rice firm is a
 recognized leader in the legal representation of terrorism victims, for
 instance serving as lead counsel for more than 6,500 family members and
 survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks seeking justice
 against al Qaeda's financiers.

SOURCE Motley Rice LLC