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O'Dowd welcomes investigation into destruction of evidence

14 January, 2015 - by John O'Dowd


Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed the launch of an investigation into allegations that senior former RUC and MI5 officers destroyed evidence in a shoot-to-kill case involving two teenagers in Armagh. 

The Upper Bann MLA said; 

"I welcome the fact the Director of Public Prosecutions has asked the PSNI and Police Ombudsman to investigate claims that a former deputy head of the RUC Special Branch an retired MI5 officers destroyed evidence in the case of Michael Tighe and Martin McCauley. 

"They were two innocent young boys who were shot by the RUC in a hayshed in Armagh in 1982, with Michael Tighe being shot dead. 

“The events in the hayshed were secretly recorded by MI5 but the tapes were held back from investigators.  

"It has already been made public that potential evidence was destroyed and facts surrounding the shooting concealed and it is absolutely right this is investigated further. 

“As well as this case, the deaths of five other men who lost their lives in a series of shoot-to-kill operations carried out by the RUC in Armagh 1982 should also be properly investigated. 

"More than three decades after these shootings the families are still waiting for truth and justice and this is unacceptable. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to support families in their campaign for truth."

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