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Welcome PSNI decision to give Coroner access to Stalker/Sampson Report

4 December, 2007


Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed the decision of the PSNI to give the Coroner John Lecky access to the Stalker/Sampson Report into the shoot-to-kill deaths of six unarmed men in the North Armagh area in 1982.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"The decision of the PSNI to give the Coroner John Lecky access to the Stalker/Sampson Report into the shoot-to-kill deaths of six unarmed men in the North Armagh area in 1982 is an important step forward for the families.

"For too long the inquests into these murders have been undermined by the refusal of the police to allow access to this report. For justice to be achieved the very minimum requirement is for the legal team representing the families to now be given access to the report.

"Sinn Féin have called for the full publication of the Stalker/Sampson Report. It is not in the interests of justice for the police to continue to oppose proper access to the information in this report." ENDS

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