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.”