Bomber Who Tried To Kill Thatcher Appears In Parliament

LONDON, England (CNN) — The man jailed for trying to kill British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a hotel bombing in 1984 appeared in Parliament Tuesday with the daughter of one of his victims.

Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher waves as she returned home from the hospital after spending the night there for medical checks Saturday, March 8, 2008. The 82-year-old conservative leader spent the night at the hospital for checks described by her spokeswoman as precautionary. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

LONDON, England (CNN) — The man jailed for trying to kill British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a hotel bombing in 1984 appeared in Parliament Tuesday with the daughter of one of his victims.

Pat Magee, a former Irish Republican Army activist, held a public discussion with Jo Berry, whose father died in the Brighton bombing 25 years ago Monday.

Magee told members of Parliament it is “always a challenge to share a platform with Jo. … The challenge is, I’m sharing a platform with someone whose father I killed.”

“I’m sorry that I killed Jo’s father,” he said, “and I wish there had been another way.”

However, he portrayed himself as a victim of circumstances, saying, “If there were other options open, I would have jumped at them.”

Pressed by lawmakers on whether he had repented, Magee said, “I don’t understand repentance. I think it has a religious meaning. I can regret.”


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