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Sinn Féin support family of Jean Smyth-Campbell — Maskey

22 February, 2019 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said the family of Jean Smyth-Campbell, who was shot dead by the British Army in 1972, have a right to an independent investigation to access truth and justice.

Speaking after joining the family at Belfast's High Court, the West Belfast MLA said:

“Jean Smyth-Campbell was shot dead by the British Army in June 1972 in Andersonstown. 

“Her family have been fighting for almost 50 years for truth and justice through an independent investigation. 

“A landmark court case in 2017 concluded that the PSNI were not appropriate to investigate Jean’s case, a ruling that has been appealed by the PSNI causing further delay. 

“Revelations over the past week that police are still withholding information from investigations into dozens of killings by Loyalist paramilitaries, underpins that the PSNI should not be investigating legacy cases. 

“Jean Smyth-Campbell’s family, like many others, are deeply hurt and frustrated at the continued delay in accessing the truth. Sinn Féin will continue to support them in their campaign for justice.” 

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