O’ Dowd attends High Court Shoot to Kill Hearing.
After attending the ongoing legal wrangle in the High Court today between the PSNI and the Coroner over access to the Stalker Sampson Report in regards six men shot dead by the RUC in North Armagh in 1982 Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd said:
"The adjournment of today’s hearing is yet another delay faced by the families’ in their pursuance of the right to have an Inquest into their loved ones deaths completed
“It is imperative that the PSNI release the Stalker/Sampson report to the Coroner and the families legal representatives.
“The families of Gervais Mc Kerr, Eugene Toman, Sean Burns Roddy Carroll, Seamus Grew and Micheal Tighe have been campaigning for nearly 3 decades for the completion of their Inquest.
“Last Monday Sinn Féin met new PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott, and called for the full disclosure of the Stalker/Sampson reports to the legal representatives of these families.
“It is disgraceful these men’s families have had to wait for decades for Inquests into the murders of their loved ones to be completed.
Concluding Mr O’ Dowd said
“Sinn Féin has made it clear to Matt Baggott that while this delay is not directly of his making he has now responsibility to resolve it.
“The resolution lies in the full disclosure of the Stalker/Sampson Reports to both the Coroner and the legal representatives of the families without further delay.”