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PSNI Compensation Award Angers Community

10 February, 2004

West Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Michael Ferguson has said that people in the area have been angered at the news that leading PSNI member Maggie Hunter will benefit financially from the murder by her colleagues of Pearse Jordan on the Falls Road in 1992.

Mr Ferguson said:

"Pearse Jordan was unarmed when he was gunned down by Maggie Hunter's RUC colleagues on the Falls Road in 1992. Since then the Jordan family have fought a long and hard campaign for the truth surrounding Pearse's murder.

"At every turn they have been thwarted by the RUC and latterly by the PSNI who continue to withhold vital evidence.

"Now we learn that Maggie Hunter has claimed damages from the BBC because of their reporting of the inquest proceedings. People in West Belfast are angry that Hunter is profiting from the murder of Pearse Jordan.

"Hunter's actions show just how far she is removed from communities like West Belfast and how far we have yet to travel before achieving acceptable policing. She seems oblivious to the decades of torture, murder and abuse caused by the RUC in areas like West Belfast and the legacy which this continues to leave." ENDS

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