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HET 'camouflage' role of British Army and RUC in killing of Sam Marshall, says Sinn Féin

6 March, 2012 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly, spokesperson on Policing and a member of the Policing Board has said that the report by the PSNI's Historical Enquiry Team (HET) into the killing of Sam Marshall is an attempt to 'camouflage' the role of British Army and RUC personnel.

Mr Kelly said:

"The killing of Sam Marshall happened within feet of the RUC barracks he had just left and under the nose of members of the British Army and RUC. For the PSNI's HET to reach any conclusions on this killing without any members of the British Army present at the scene first being interviewed  is a patent effort to camouflage the role of British soldiers in this killing. This is the latest in a litany of such reports which reinforce evidence that the PSNI's HET is not in compliance with Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights."

The Sinn Féin Assembly member said that concerns have already been raised about the PSNI's HET at the Policing Board: 

"Sinn Féin has been asking questions at the Policing Board about the role of the PSNI's HET. We have already raised questions about how and why the HET has rehired so many retired RUC officers. We are also concerned that the investigative methods and outcomes which it carries out, under the umbrella of the PSNI are not consistent, competent or compliant with Human Rights requirements.  Sinn Féin expects the Policing Board to get a briefing on independent research into these concerns later this week.

"Sinn Féin is increasingly disturbed at the approach being taken by the PSNI to work within its 'Legacy Branch' and its HET. A request by the Policing Board for a copy of another recent report by the PSNI's HET was recently refused by the PSNI Chief Constable. Sinn Féin disputes the grounds for that refusal. The Policing Board receives copies of final reports from the Police Ombudsman and there is no good reason why it should not receive copies of final reports from the PSNI's HET. "

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