'UVF claims only add to need for truth and justice' - Kelly
UVF claims about their involvement in the Ballymurphy massacre only add to the need for the full truth of the 1971 murders to emerge, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said.
The party’s policing spokesperson was commenting following reports that the UVF is to provide information to the Ballymurphy killings inquest claiming it was responsible for some of the shootings.
“These reports will undoubtedly cause further distress to families who have been waiting half a century for truth and justice,” the North Belfast MLA said.
“Of course any new evidence that may help the families should be brought forward but what we have at the minute is information, not evidence. The UVF say they will engage through an interlocutor but for it to have any value, a statement has to be directly from those involved so we will have to wait and see how significant this intervention actually is.
Gerry Kelly added that "the UVF as an organisation should have been gone a long time ago” and that many would be suspicions about their motivations for any intervention at this stage.
He continued: “There is already a volume of evidence that the British Army were behind these killings and there would be a suspicion that this is merely aimed at deflecting from that. Equally, people would not be surprised to learn that, while the British Army were firing on civilians, so too were the UVF.
“All of this underscores the need for truth and justice for the families and the best way to achieve that is through the legacy structures agreed at Stormont House. They should be established without further delay and the British Government should immediately release the funds for Legacy inquests as requested by the Lord Chief Justice.”