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Cold Case Review - Files on Collusion killings must be opened

8 March, 2005

Sinn Féin policing Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly, commenting on the announcement that 2,100 unsolved killings are to be examined, has said that many cases involving collusion between British state agencies and unionist death squads could be solved if the British government open up the files of British military intelligence and the special branch.

Mr Kelly said:

"The real test of Hugh Orde commitment to addressing these issues is whether he opens up the files of Special Branch and British intelligence which were responsible for organising, arming, resourcing and directing unionist death squads in a state policy of political assassination and terror.

The PSNI, British intelligence and the British state at its widest level continue to cover-up state involvement in the deaths of hundreds of Catholics, nationalists and republicans. Only yesterday we again saw the use of Public Immunity certificates to hide the role of a special branch. The British state continues to hide evidence as was clearly exposed in their approach to inquiry into the Dublin/ Monaghan and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry." ENDS

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