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Kelly welcomes Bernard Watt ruling

27 April, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today that the coroner’s findings at the inquest into the killing of Bernard Watt that British soldiers were not justified in their use of lethal force underlines the need for the money to be released to the Lord Chief Justice for legacy inquests.

Bernard Watt died after being shot by the British Army in Ardoyne, Belfast, in February 1971.

The Coroner also ruled that Bernard Watt was not holding a bomb when he was shot by British soldiers and that he was not in the IRA.

The North Belfast MLA said:

“I welcome today’s findings.

“Barney Watt’s family have waited for over 45 years for truth and acknowledgement of innocence. Hopefully today’s ruling will bring the family closer to finding the answers they are seeking into the killing of their loved one.

“Today’s case also underlines the need for the money that has been set aside as part of the Fresh Start Agreement to be released to the Lord Chief Justice for legacy inquests.

“All families should be entitled to truth, acknowledgement and justice.” 

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