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British continue to stall search for Bloody Sunday truth

12 October, 2004

Commenting on reports that the solicitors acting for the British soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday inquiry are to once again take the tribunal to the High Court over a point of law, Sinn Féin spokesperson on the issue of truth Philip McGuigan said:

" Previous to and during the Saville Tribunal into the murders of civilians on Bloody Sunday the British military through their legal teams have time and again sought to stall the work of the inquiry.

" If the most recent reports are true then it seems that again even at this late stage the military solicitors directed by Whitehall are once again going to take the tribunal through the courts on a point of law.

" If the approach of the British military establishment to the Bloody Sunday Tribunal is anything to go by then it is very clear that the British are not capable at this time of engaging in a honest and open way in any process of truth recovery.

" Perhaps this is the real reason why Paul Murphy has sought to place the British in the lead in terms of constructing the terms for such a process in the future." ENDS

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