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Woodward response to Hamill inquiry exposes policy of cover-up

5 November, 2008 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has slammed the decision by the British Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, rejecting the High Courts request to include the DPP in the terms of reference for the inquiry into the killing of Robert Hamill.

Speaking today Mr O'Dowd said:

"The Hamill family in their bid to establish the truth about the murder of Robert have had obstacle after obstacle placed in their way by the British Government. Today, the British Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, has placed yet another in their way.

"This is further evidence of the unwillingness of the British government to get to the truth of this killing and exposes yet again the policy of cover up by the securocrats in Britain.

"The question is clear. How can Shaun Woodward state that the extension of the remit of the enquiry to allow evidence to be heard from the DPP on the killing of Robert Hamill is not in the public interest? It beggars belief.

"The continued efforts by the British Sectary of State to hamper a fully Independent Inquiry must end and they must allow the Hamill family to obtain the truth." CRÍOCH

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