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Coroner hearings into shoot-to-kill deaths must not have be undermined

8 October, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd commenting on the start of the preliminary inquests into RUC killing of Pearse Jordan in November 1992, and the shoot-to-kill incidents of November and December 1982 that claimed the lives of Sean Burns, Gervaise McKerr and Eugene Toman, and Roddy Carroll, Seamus Grew, and Michael Tighe tomorrow, Tuesday 9th October, has said that the hearing is long overdue and that he hoped that no barriers will be placed in the way of the Coroner.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"This preliminary hearing is long overdue and my thoughts are with the families as they continue their search for the truth into these murders.

"Sinn Féin has long demanded the truth into shoot-to-kill and other cover-ups by the British war machine.

"I hope that no barriers will be placed in the way of John Leckey this time.

"There is an onus on Hugh Orde to demonstrate a commitment to openness and accountability. The Chief Constable needs recognise the damage to public confidence that any decision to use public immunity certificates in these cases would have." ENDS

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