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British army killing and lies no surprise – Ní Chuilín

11 November, 2013 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál NÍ Chuilín said she is not surprised by the revelation that the British Army knew that a man they shot dead was totally innocent.

The North Belfast MLA was commenting after the Pat Finucane Centre unearthed papers from the British MoD showing that they knew Christopher Quinn, shot dead by the British army in Carrick Hill in 1971, was innocent and that they had misled Mr Quinn’s family so as to avoid the bad publicity of killing yet another innocent person.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

“Christopher Quinn’s family suffered immeasurably when their husband and father was taken away from them. Their pain is the same as anyone else who has lost a loved one during the conflict. There can be no hierarchy of victims.

 “This is the same British army that were involved in the killing and cover up of the New Lodge Six shootings, not to mention Bloody Sunday, the Ballymurphy and Springhill Massacre and countless other killings so their contempt for the Irish people is well documented.

 “What added to that pain in this case has been the contempt and underhanded manner that that the British state treated the family with. It is also another example showing that the British state where not playing the role of holding the line between two communities but where in fact a clear protagonist in that conflict.

“Sinn Féin has proposed an independent international based process to deal with the past. The British Government has refused to agree on any mechanism that can deal with this issue. Cases such as that of Christopher Quinn highlight the need for such a process.”

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