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Maskey welcomes new Inquests into Ballymurphy Massacre

15 November, 2011 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP, Paul Maskey MLA has welcomed the decision by Attorney General, John Larkin to order new inquests into the deaths of 11 people in Ballymurphy in August 1971.

Paul Maskey said:

“This is a welcome announcement by the Attorney General and moves the campaign for Justice for the Ballymurphy Victims a step closer.But while this is an advance in the campaign it should not be seen as fulfilling the demands of the families to a full Independent International Inquiry.

“The call for such an Inquiry has received support from a wide spectrum of human rights organisations and from Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Conor

“The original Inquests were a cynical exercise in cover-up and smear against the victims who included a Catholic priest and a mother of eight children. Eye witnesses evidence was not taken and British Army members statements were prepared in advance and presented to the Judge without any opportunity for cross examination.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the families in their campaign for justice and for an Independent International Inquiry into the deaths of their loved ones.

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