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International inquiry needed into abuse of children by British state forces – McCann

6 September, 2014 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said tonight that any inquiry into the abuse of children in care by members of British state forces should be international and fully independent.

Jennifer McCann was speaking after East Belfast MP Naomi Long said tonight she had been approached by a number of people including women who claimed they had been abused by members of British state forces in the 1970s.

Jennifer McCann said:

“Senior British intelligence officers withheld information for almost eight years about the abuse of boys in Kincora Boys Home in East Belfast in the 1970s.

“British intelligence officers were also told not to investigate the abuse while evidence was withheld from two inquiries into Kincora.

“The British state is clearly unwilling and incapable of investigating its own agents and intelligence services or members of its armed forces.

 “The British government has spent decades trying to cover up the activities of its intelligence services in Ireland.

  “Any inquiry into the abuse of children in care by British state forces during the 1970s needs to be international, independent and have powers to subpoena witnesses and access documents.” 

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