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New inquest into death of Kathleen Thompson welcomed

6 September, 2013 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the announcement of a new inquest into the killing of Kathleen Thompson by the British Army in November 1971.

 Mr. McCartney said,

 “I welcome the fact that a new inquest has been ordered into the killing of Kathleen Thompson by the British Army in 1971. Of paramount importance in this are the rights and entitlements of the Thompson family. An effective, human rights compliant inquest is a right - not a privilege."

 "The power to reopen Inquests is a direct benefit of the transfer of policing and justice powers negotiated by Sinn Féin with the appointment of a local Attorney General. 

"It is also vital to reiterate that the Thompson family, like many others bereaved as a result of state killings, have been wronged over and over again. The latest example of this is the PSNI Historical Enquiries Team (HET), which adopted a differential approach to the examination of British Army killings. Thankfully, through the excellent research of University of Ulster Professor Patricia Lundy and the oversight of the Policing Board, this malpractice and subversion of human rights requirements by the PSNI's HET is now exposed."

 "The process for reopening the inquest by the Attorney General and the effective work of the Policing Board in holding the PSNI's HET to account show how local institutions can work."  

 "Our thoughts are with the Thompson family who have been treated shamefully by the state institutions since the murder of their mother outside her home in Creggan 43 years ago. Throughout that time they have conducted themselves with great dignity and fortitude. Sinn Féin will insist that all institutions of government now co-operate with this new inquest process."

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