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‘Landmark Appeal ruling proves need for independent legacy process’ - Dillon

19 March, 2019 - by Linda Dillon

A landmark ruling at the Court of Appeal relating to the death of a young mother shot dead in 1972 has categorically demonstrated the need to create an independent legacy process, Sinn Féin Victims Spokesperson Linda Dillon MLA has said.

Welcoming the ruling, Linda Dillon said: “This judgement was a resounding victory for the family of Jean Smyth-Campbell, a young mother who was shot dead while travelling in a car on the Glen Road in 1972.

“The Court ruled against the PSNI Chief Constable and concluded that the PSNI’s Legacy Investigation Branch is not independent and therefore incapable of delivering on the family’s right to an investigation which is human-rights compliant.

“That is a landmark ruling which has clear implications for many other legacy cases. It also demonstrates categorically that we need to create an independent legacy process that takes the responsibility for investigations out of the PSNI’s hands.

“The way to do that is to implement the legacy mechanisms from the Stormont House Agreement in a human-rights compliant manner. The British Government’s ongoing failure to do so is adding to the distress and anguish of grieving families.

“How many court cases like todays will it take before the British Government accepts its responsibilities to address the legacy of the conflict by implementing what it has already agreed.”

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