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Murphy - Concern expressed at Miami Showband papers reports

11 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today said that he is extremely concerned at media reports suggesting that the British government papers relating to the Miami Showband killings, due to be released under the 30 year rule, have been suppressed.

Mr Murphy said:

"It has already been established that many of those responsible for the Miami Showband killings were serving members if the British Army. What has yet to be established is how far up the British chain the planning of this operation went.

"Some of the answers may well be held in these British State papers due for release under the 30 year rule. However weekend media reports suggest that the British government will suppress these papers, apparently offering the reason that they are being held in a building containing asbestos and therefore cannot be accessed.

"People will simply not believe this excuse, it is not credible and it will not be accepted. It seems that the British securocrats, masters in the art of covering up their involvement in state killing, have once again set out to suppress the truth and frustrate the families of those killed in their search for the truth." ENDS

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