Desmond Boomer

Desmond Boomer

A 38 year old Belfast born engineer working in the Libyan oil fields

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

A 49 year old English born engineer

Matthew Aquilina

Matthew Aquilina

A 22 year old Maltese national returning to Malta

Tadeus Gorny

Tadues Gorny

A 48 year Polish national working in the Libyan oil fields

Phillip Farrugia

Philip Farrugia

A 43 year old Maltese national returning to Malta

Carmel Bartolo

CArmelo Bartolo

The pilot, a 47 year Maltese national

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  • Letter to Gerry Adams MP

    36 Riverdale Park North
    Andersontown
    Belfast BT11 9DL

    25th January 2001

    Gerry Adams M.P.
    President of Sinn Féin
    c/o Connelly House
    Anderstown Road
    Belfast BT11

    Dear Gerry,

    Th enclosed documentation relates to the five year search for our missing son and our efforts to establish the truth surrounding his disappearance in Djerba on 5th December 1995.

    The search for information has been vigorously pursued by the Aqualina family in Malta, the Williams family in Liverpool and ourselves, at our own expense in time and finance which to date has been considerable. We had been aware for some time that Government in Malta had made an application to join the Eurpoean community, arising from which we, the Williams and Boomer families have agreed to adopt a new strategy in our
    seaqch for the truth surrounding this incident.

    We have decided to request our respective Governments through their Foreign Offices and European Representatives to press the Authorities in Malta to establish an International Independent Enquiry into this incident as provided for under International Civil Aviation regulations, we have suggested to our Governments’that this should be done as part of our Government's support for their application for membership.

    The Government of Malta should be called to account for it's handling of the investigation into the disappearance of European Citizens within (as they claim) their jurisdiction,our frustrating experiences of the past five years have convinced us the Maltese Authorities will continue to ignore the voices of the families of the missing until such time as our own Governments and their European Representatives support our requests for accountability and truth.

    The enclosed documents are for your information and records.

    (A) A brief summary of the information I have gathered during my investigations since December 1995.
    (B) My final submission to the Board of Enquiry.
    (C) My Affidavit to the Enquiry. a similar document was submitted by Geoff Williams confirming the information he conveyed to me on the afternoon of 15th December 1995.
    (D) An article written by Journalist Don Mullan for the Ireland on Sunday.

    ln December I raised this matter with the European Commission through it’s office in Belfast, Jim Dougal, Head of Commission informs me that my documents and correspondence have been forwarded to the Malta Unit in Brussels, I have also forwarded this correspondence to our three MEPs.

    l recognise that at this time you are heavily engaged in matters related to our on-going Peace Process, and I wish you every success in your efforts, however, as my member of Parliament the enclosed information is important in the event that you would at some future date be in a position to make enquiries on our behalf that would, hopefully, unlock the closed doors and breach the official wall of silence that has surrounded this incident from the outset.

    ln conclusion I wish to thank you on behalf of all the relatives of the missing for taking the time to read these documents and trust you will support our quest for accountability and truth.

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