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PSNI fail to meet deadline for on handing over Stalker Report

10 November, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said that it is unacceptable that the PSNI have again failed to supply the coroner with a copy of the Stalker report although ordered by the Senior Coroner John Lecky.

Ms Anderson stated,

“Senior Coroner for the North John Lecky ordered the PSNI to supply a copy of the Stalker Report to the inquest of six men killed by the RUC in ‘Shoot to Kill’ operations in the early eighties. The deadline set by the coroner expired yesterday and as yet the PSNI have failed to comply.

“The inquests into the deaths of these men cannot proceed without the Stalker Report and the last inquest had to be abandoned due to the RUC refusal to hand over the report.

“At the Policing Board last week Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris stated that the PSNI would hand over Stalker-Sampson report by November 9th. It is unacceptable in that not only have the PSNI refused to hand over the Report but they have also misled the Policing Board.

“Sinn Féin intends to raise the issue as a matter of urgency as we will not allow bad practices of the RUC to be carried through into the PSNI. We are demanding that the Stalker Report is given to the Coroners office immediately so that these inquests can proceed as soon as possible. CRÍOCH

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