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O’Dowd Welcomes Shoot to Kill Judgement

27 May, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Speaking from the High Court in Belfast where the families of those killed by the RUC Shoot to Kill policy in North Armagh in the 1980s where the PSNI have lost a Judicial Review  ensuring that the families legal teams get access to all relevant parts the Stalker/Sampson Reports, Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O’Dowd said:

 “The families of those 6 men killed by the RUC in North Armagh in the 1980s have fought a long and difficult campaign for the truth. It is only now decades later that the inquests into the murders are beginning to proceed.

“Central to that process was the need for the families and their legal representatives to be given access to the relevant parts of the Stalker/Sampson Reports. To date this has been denied by successive Chief Constables. The decision of the court today to allow the families legal teams access to the Stalker/Sampson report is welcome. 

 “It is my hope that the Inquests will now proceed and what is seen as many as a deliberate policy of delay and obstruction will come to an end. The families by their determined actions over many years have shown that they will not be denied the truth and they will not be denied justice.” ENDS

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