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Kelly concerned about police wall of silence

24 November, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has expressed his deep concern at the wall of silence unearthed by the Police Ombudsman's office during its investigation into the untimely death of John Hemsworth. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"This case is reminiscent of the Sammy Devenney case in Derry in 1969, where, in similar circumstances, an inquiry into his death faced the same wall of silence. 

"As has been pointed out by the Police Ombudsman's report, all of the officers interviewed claimed to have no recollection of the incident. 

"It is important that we determine if any of the officers who were interviewed as part of the investigation into the death of John Hemsworth and are now serving PSNI officers have been promoted and to what ranks.

"I intend to raise this matter at the Policing Board and ask about all of the officers involved." 

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