Maskey welcomes Pearse Jordan ruling
The family of Pearse Jordan who was shot dead while unarmed by the RUC in 1992, have been vindicated by today’s Supreme Court ruling on the case, Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said.
The West Belfast MP was commenting after the Supreme Court allowed an appeal by Pearse Jordan’s mother Theresa against an earlier Court of Appeal decision ruling out any claim for damages.
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court brings the Jordan family one step closer to justice for Pearse’s death,” Paul Maskey said.
“The family have been engaged in a long struggle for truth and justice for almost 30 years and have been frustrated by continuous obstacles put in place by the RUC and PSNI.
“Over the course of the campaign, it has emerged that police officers lied, key evidence was tampered with and no convincing explanation for the shooting was provided.
“The RUC failed to justify the use of lethal force and the fact is that Pearse Jordan was shot dead while unarmed and running away from the scene. He was cut down in cold blood and while the Court of Appeal ruling in October was very disappointing, today’s judgement has vindicated the family's decision to appeal.
"Sinn Féin will continue to support the family of Pearse Jordan in their quest for truth and justice.”