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HET report vindication of McKavanagh family

11 August, 2011 - by Alex Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has described today’s HET Report into the murder of Markets man Billy McKavanagh by the British army in August 1971, as an absolute vindication for the McKavanagh family and an exposure of a 40 year old British State lie.

Mr Maskey said:

“Everyone in the community in the Markets knew the truth about the murder of Billy McKavanagh. Billy McKavanagh was an unarmed man shot dead by the British Army in cold blood. For 40 years the British State has stuck to the lie that Billy McKavanagh was an armed IRA volunteer. The HET report today lays this lie bare.

“Billy McKavangh was not a member of the IRA and he was not armed when he was shot. Republicans made this clear at the time of the murder and in the years since.

“The British State now needs to act on this HET report, accept the reality of the situation and apologise to the McKavanagh family.” ENDS

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