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West Belfast MP slams decision to suspend Ballymurphy Massacre inquest

15 November, 2012 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said he shares the Ballymurphy Massacre families disgust at the decision to suspend the new inquest into their deaths in 1971.

Paul Maskey said:

“The Coroner’s decision is obviously deeply upsetting to the families who were hoping, after all these years, to uncover the truth about the killing of their loved ones by the British army.

“It is also disappointing that the inquests were suspended by the Coroner without any prior communication with the families. This showed a lack of respect and sensitivity to the families concerned.

“The Attorney General’s decision to re-open the inquest was the only one feasible following the shambolic one 40 years ago which clearly covered up the true facts of the British army’s actions on the night.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the Ballymurphy families in their search for the truth and it is incumbent that the inquest is allowed to take place so that the facts around the massacre can be made known.”

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