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Sinn Féin share victims concerns over establishment of HET

20 January, 2006


Commenting on the launch of the PSNI's Historical Enquires Team, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Truth issues Philip McGuigan today said:

"Sinn Féin are absolutely committed to seeing a process developed which can deliver closure for the families of those killed during the conflict. This process must be victim centred and must deal comprehensively with the issue. To date the British government have sought only to deny and manage information.

"In line with many victims families, particularly those killed by the British State, we are doubtful that the approach outlined by the Historical Enquires Team can achieve the truth. However much this scheme is dressed up, it is still an internal unit of the PSNI, and is very much the case of the state investigating the state.

"The PSNI record to date in cases of State murder has been one of cover-up and concealment. Victim's families have been dragged through the courts in a determination to prevent inquests and disclosure. The Steven's report continues to be suppressed and Hugh Orde continues to head a force refusing to come clean about their role in collusion and Britain‚s dirty war in Ireland.

"The British government, who continue to refuse to acknowledge their role in the conflict at all, still at every twist and turn attempt to frustrate the search for truth and justice. In the Baron and Saville Tribunals and the Tyrone inquests the British government have deliberately withheld information and destroyed evidence and they continue to refuse to establish an independent judicial inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.

"This is the backdrop to the announcement today by the PSNI and British government of the establishment of the HET. That is why many people from within the community we represent continue to remain hugely sceptical of the British government commitment to truth, justice or dealing with the past and the formation today of the HET does not in any way address this reality." ENDS

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