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‘Bitter disappointment at Loughinisland ruling’ - Hazzard

21 December, 2017 - by Chris Hazzard

There is bitter disappointment at today’s court ruling which heavily criticised the Police Ombudsman’s report into the Loughinisland massacre, Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said.

Speaking after attending the hearing at Belfast High Court, the South Down MP commented:

“This is obviously a bitterly disappointing ruling but whatever criticisms have been made regarding the Ombudsman’s handling of the report, that does mean that collusion was not involved in this case.

“There is a wealth of evidence already established regarding the scale of state collusion with the loyalist paramilitaries who carried out the Loughinisland massacre.

“And it’s important to state that the judge didn’t controvert any of the facts that were in the original Ombudsman’s report. The car used in the attack was still destroyed, interview notes were still destroyed, suspects were still protected.

“Today’s ruling does not change any of that and Sinn Féin will continue to support the Loughinisland families in their campaign for truth and justice.”

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