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Gildernew - Will PSNI co-operate with Inquest

6 October, 2003

Speaking in advance of tomorrows resumed inquest into the deaths of ten people killed in Tyrone by the British State or its agencies, including the case of Roseanne Mallon, Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew said that tomorrows hearing 'would go a long way to establishing the intentions of the British government and the PSNI regarding these families right to the truth'.

Ms Gildernew said:

"For over ten years the British government have actively attempted to subvert due process and deny these families the right to truth and justice. At every turn they have frustrated the inquest system and attempts by the Coroner to gain the necessary documents have been met with resistance.

"At the last hearing the Coroner gave the PSNI and the British Military 21 days to bring forward the necessary documentation. Tomorrow will be the test of this. Will the PSNI finally come clean and furnish the court with the documents it has been ordered to surrender, or will Hugh Orde continue to obstruct these families in their search for the truth.

"Much has been made by the supporters of the PSNI about its supposed transparency and accountability. These people have been silent about the behaviour of the force at these inquests. We have heard nothing from the Policing Board or from the SDLP, usually so vociferous on Policing matters. I can only assume from their silence that they are satisfied with the approach being taken by the PSNI regarding this matter. Either that or they know they are powerless to instruct the Chief Constable to adopt another course of action." ENDS

The Inquest will resume at 10.30am at Dungannon Courthouse.

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