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Supergrass trial has not brought truth and closure to families of UVF victims

22 February, 2012 - by Gerry Kelly

Commenting on the verdict in the UVF supergrass trial, Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said:

“At the outset of this process we raised serious concerns about the decision to proceed with a supergrass trial and the quality of this PSNI investigation. This process has done nothing to bring truth and closure to the victims families of the Mount Vernon UVF.

“Regardless of these verdicts what is beyond any doubt is that Mark Haddock was a British State Agent who controlled, manipulated and directed the entire UVF operation in Mount Vernon. They were allowed to kill with impunity for many years.

“What has not happened through this trial has been any shining of light on those who handled Mark Haddock and other agents within the Mount Vernon UVF and their complicity in many killings and other UVF activity carried out during that period.

“What the families of the victims need is truth and closure. What we don’t need is another debacle created by the use of a discredited supergrass system.”

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