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Ex-British army officer remarks adding to hurt of families - McCartney

16 April, 2019 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said comments made by a former British army officer over the decision to prosecute an ex-soldier for the murder of a Derry schoolboy in 1972 have added to the hurt of the families. 

The Foyle MLA said: 

"The family of 15 year-old Daniel Hegarty who was shot dead by a British soldier in Derry in 1972 received the news yesterday that a former soldier is to face charges for his murder following their long  campaign for truth and justice. 

"Their dignified campaign stands in stark contrast to the comments from former British Army officer Richard Kemp who has only added to the distress and hurt of the family. 

"His comments were also indicative of the attitude of the British state towards dealing with the legacy of the conflict and the role of its forces, agents and their proxies in loyalist death squads. 

"The British government needs to end its blocking of access to the truth for victims of state violence and accept that no one can be above the law. 

"Mechanisms have been agreed to address the legacy of the conflict and we need to see this implemented."

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