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Hamill Tribunal being deliberately delayed by former RUC men

4 September, 2006

Speaking on the day that the public hearings in the Robert Hamill Tribunal were scheduled to take place, Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd said that it was a disgrace that attempts by former members of the RUC to continue their culture of concealment and cover up had allowed the Tribunal to be delayed.

Mr O‚Dowd said:

"The attempts by former members of the RUC to get anonymity at the Robert Hamill Tribunal despite all of them appearing publicly at a previous court hearing has resulted in today‚s planned start to the public hearings being delayed.

"The delay in proceeding with this stage of the Tribunal is clearly the fault of those former members of the RUC who cannot throw off the culture of concealment and cover-up which became a by-word for the force in which they served. This case is not about anonymity, these individuals have already appeared publicly in a court case associated with the murder of Robert Hamill.

"This case is about obstructing and delaying the work of the Tribunal and delaying further the search for the truth in this sectarian murder." ENDS

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