Full independent investigation into Kincora needed - Hazzard
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the discovery that state papers had been withheld from the Historical Institution Abuse Inquiry was shocking. And the South Down MLA called for a full independent inquiry into abuse at the Kincora Boys home.
Chris Hazzard was speaking after revelations that state documents going back to the 1980s and 1990s relevant to the Kincora Inquiry have only now been handed over to the HIAI, 18 months after it began to hear evidence.
Mr Hazzard said;
"The British Intelligence services have already subverted two inquiries into abuse at the Kincora Boys Home.
"Today’s disclosure that state papers had been withheld from the HIAI is truly shocking.
"Clearly elements of the British security services, politicians and senior officials were aware of the appalling abuse, which was carried out at Kincora.
"I have full confidence in Judge Hart’s handling of the inquiry. But the involvement of British intelligence in the abuse at Kincora is an additional and disturbing dimension and the HIAI does not have the powers to compel members of the British intelligence services to give evidence.
"The only way to get at the truth of what happened at Kincora is through an independent investigation with full judicial powers to compel witnesses.
"The British establishment simply cannot be trusted to investigate itself."