Sinn Féin Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd said that it was because of the actions of their agents like Robin Jackson that the British Government does not want an independent international truth commission.
The Sinn Féin MLA was commenting after the release of the HET report into the Miami Showband killings by a gang made up of mostly British soldiers who were also UVF men.
John O’Dowd said everyone knew that UVF man Robin Jackson was a British agent and that he was allowed to kill with impunity.
“It was well known that Robin Jackson was an agent for the British state, that he was allowed to kill Catholics with impunity throughout Mid-Ulster and beyond and that some of these killings were actually facilitated by the forces of the state.
“This speaks volumes about the British state’s involvement in the conflict and rather than claim, as they did, that they were impartial observers or some sort of peace keeper, they were in fact up to their necks in facilitating and possibly encouraging sectarian killings and much more.
“Many nationalists and republicans believe that it’s because of agents like Robin Jackson and many others that the British Government would not agree to an independent international truth commission.”