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Failure to investigate MRF an insult to victims - Kelly

13 May, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly


Speaking after the PSNI told the Director of Public Prosecutions there would be no investigation into the activities of the MRF, despite admissions by former members of the group in a Panorama documentary, the North Belfast MLA said;

"Anyone who saw the interviews with ex-members of the Military Reaction Force (MRF) will be astounded the police have said there will be no investigation into these incidents.

"In the programme, ex-British soldiers admitted being involved in attacks against innocent Catholics and nationalists.

"Many of these attacks happened between May and September 1972 at the height of the conflict. Members of the MRF were involved in drive-by shootings, which at the time were blamed on loyalist gunmen.

"Not only have none of these ex-soldiers been arrested but the the PSNI has not attempted to identify them or even question them under caution.

"This is in the face of others being questioned under caution about issues going back 40 years.

"This latest knockback to families whose loved ones were killed by British state forces comes in the aftermath of Theresa Villiers refusing a Hillsborough-type inquiry to the families of those killed in the Ballymurphy massacre.

"People will be left with the clear view that British state forces remain above the law.

"This is a further insult to victims and families of those targeted by this undercover military unit." 

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