‘State getting away with murder’ - Kelly
A loyalist supergrass and his police handlers have effectively got away with murder in order to protect the State’s role in collusion, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said.
The North Belfast MLA was speaking as the case of self-confessed UVF killer and police agent Gary Haggarty is due to end on Thursday.
He commented: “Gary Haggarty has pleaded guilty to over 200 offences, including five murders, all of which were committed while working as a police informer. The scale of collusion in this case is appalling yet he has been given a deal which means he will receive a significantly reduced prison term.
“He is effectively getting away with murder but so too are his handlers who have not faced any charges.
“That is unlikely to change while the British Government continues to frustrate all attempts to expose the extent of their collusion with loyalist death squads throughout the conflict.
“They continue to block the establishment of agreed mechanisms to deal with the past and refuse to fund legacy inquests precisely because they do not want the world to know the truth of their involvement with killers like Gary Haggarty.”