Haggarty case continues to raise more questions than answers – Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said tonight that the case of Gary Haggarty continues to raise more questions than answers for the families of the police agent’s victims.
Gerry Kelly was commenting after news that Haggarty was released from prison today despite an appeal by the Public Prosecution Service against the leniency of his sentence.
Gerry Kelly said:
“Once again the families of the victims of Gary Haggarty have been treated disgracefully by the state over the release of the serial killer who was a police agent for more than a decade and a half before becoming an ‘assisting offender’.
“It is shocking that the families of Haggarty’s victims had to learn through the media that the state, which protected him for 15 years despite his involvement in a series of murders, had been released from jail this afternoon.
“This despite the fact that the Public Prosecution Service have appealed the leniency of the police agent’s sentence.
“Gary Haggarty continued to work as a police agent up to 2009 and was in command of a UVF unit which was responsible for a number of killings after 1998.
“It is significant that none of Haggarty’s former handlers have faced any proceedings despite the fact that the state actively covered up the role of Haggarty and fellow agent Mark Haddock in a series of murders carried out by the UVF.
“The state’s involvement in the murderous activities of Gary Haggarty, the Mount Vernon UVF and the state’s role in covering up and directing its activities continues to raise more questions than answers for the families of their victims.”