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Sinn Féin support for Marshall family after HET Report

5 March, 2012 - by John O'Dowd


Upper Bann Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has supported the call from the family of Sam Marshall for an independent inquiry into the murder of their brother Sam 22 years ago.

Following the release of the Historical Enquiries Crimes Team report on the killing, Mr O’Dowd challenged its findings that there was no collusion between British Military Forces and the killers of San Marshall.

The Assembly Member said that the report raised serious concerns with its revelation that there were nine armed British Military personnel in a total of six vehicles operating within the area where the murder was carried out.

Mr O’Dowd said,

“From the night Sam Marshall was killed people in Lurgan have been in no doubt that the British State was responsible for his death.

“The sequence of events surrounding the murder of Sam Marshall was always controversial but the revelation that there were six British Military vehicles and nine armed soldiers in the area at the time of the killing has raised new and additional questions.

“That none of these armed British soldiers responded to a barrage of rifle fire defies credibility. How three men armed with rifles were able to drive through an area which had such a heavy presence of British Intelligence operatives, park their car, get out open fire with a barrage of shots and then return to the vehicle and leave the area without any attempt to either prevent the murder or intercept the gunmen’s car has to be explained. This report has failed to address this issue which is at the heart of this case.

“There was collusion in the killing of Sam Marshall. The Marshall family have campaigned for the truth around Sam’s killing for over 20 years. We support fully the call from the Marshall family for an independent inquiry into the events surrounding Sam’s murder. The British government need to realise that the demand for the truth will not go away.”

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