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Differential approach to British Army killings is an affront to families - Gerry Kelly

3 July, 2013 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today’s inspection report of the Historical Enquiries Team is a moment of truth for the PSNI and an indictment of the differential practice and policy around state killings.

The Sinn Féin policing spokesperson said that there is now evidence of a grievous injustice to families bereaved by state killings:

Gerry Kelly said:

“Everything that has been uncovered about the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team approach to state killings is an affront to those citizens who lost loved ones during the conflict.

“Above all, our thoughts today should be with those victims who have been re-traumatised in the shameful charade which has been conducted by the HET. The HET has institutionalised the hierarchy of victims of the conflict in our society.”

The North Belfast MLA is a member of the Policing Board, which helped to commission the inspection after damning evidence about the HET was brought to the fore last year by Professor Patricia Lundy of the University of Ulster.

“Immediate action was taken by the Policing Board to act on the findings of Professor Lundy’s research in 2012. The outworking of that was the inspection report released today by the HMIC.

“For independent policing oversight, this has been a robust and effective process up to this point. The Policing Board will meet all day tomorrow and Sinn Féin will be there as always to hold the PSNI Chief Constable fully to account. The PSNI now faces many serious questions and as our record shows, Sinn Féin will not shy from asking them.

“Amidst the clamour over this report, it needs to be remembered that this is about state killings in our society and those bereaved as a result. Today, their voice needs to be heard. Sinn Féin will continue to play our part in making sure that happens.”

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