‘Court is clear that Glennanne collusion investigation needed’ - Dillon
Today’s Court of Appeal ruling makes clear that there must be an effective, independent investigation into collusion between the infamous loyalist ‘Glenanne Gang’ and the British state, Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said.
The party’s Victims spokesperson was commenting after the PSNI lost its appeal against an earlier High Court ruling that police failed to conduct a thorough investigation into the activities of the gang which counted RUC and British Army personnel among its members.
Linda Dillon said: “It’s now over two years since the courts first ruled that the PSNI had failed in its responsibilities to facilitate an effective, independent and overarching investigation into collusion between British state forces and the infamous Glenanne Gang which murdered over 120 people.
“That judgement marked a pivotal day for the Glenanne families in their fight for justice for some of the most notorious atrocities of the conflict, including the Miami Showband massacre and the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.
“Regrettably, rather that implement that decision, the PSNI has sought to frustrate and delay progress and justice by appealing it.
“That appeal has now failed and the court was clear that an independent investigation must take place into the brutal campaign carried out by the Glennane Gang in league with the RUC and British Army at that time.
“The new PSNI Chief Constable should now listen to the courts and listen to the families by ending the stalling tactics. He should not resort to a further appeal but should get on with facilitating an effective, independent investigation in line with the families wishes.”