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SF disappointment at collusion decision

11 October, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly has expressed disappointment at the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to pursue charges against 11 loyalist paramilitaries and police officers involved in a notorious case involving a UVF member and British agent.

Gerry Kelly commented:

“The scale of collusion in this case is appalling but it is only the latest in a line of high-profile cases which are beginning to expose the extent to which the police and British State forces colluded with loyalist death squads throughout the conflict.

“Gary Haggerty was a self-confessed senior member of the UVF involved in directing that organisation’s sectarian campaign. He has admitted involvement in a string of murders all the while acting as a Special Branch informer, alleging that his handlers not only protected him from arrest and prosecution, but also actively encouraged his activities.

“Therefore today’s decision by the DPP is hugely disappointing for families of the victims who are rightly asking whether, after more than five years of investigations and admissions, is anyone involved in this case ever going to face prosecution?”

“The suspicion is that the State is continuing to cover up the extent of its involvement in collusion."

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