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Tyrone inquests resume

22 June, 2004


Commenting on the resumption today of inquests into the deaths of ten people killed in Co. Tyrone by the Crown Forces, including pensioner Roseanne Mallon, Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said, 'that there is a growing belief amongst the families that the only avenue which will deliver the truth will be a public inquiry'.

Ms Gildernew said:

" After years of stalling and years of PSNI cover up the inquests into these ten killings resumed today. However given the experience of the families up until now people are not confident that the PSNI and the British State will allow the truth to be uncovered through the inquest route, despite the best efforts of the Coroner.

" There is a growing belief amongst the families that the only route which will deliver the truth and answer the many unanswered questions will be through a full public inquiry.

" These cases are an acid test of the British government's recently stated commitment to achieving the truth for those bereaved through the conflict. However at this stage the PSNI and the British government do not even class many of these deaths as amongst what they term as unsolved killings. Those victims of British State violence in Ireland are deemed second class even in death. This situation is unacceptable and has to change." ENDS

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