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Lords ruling into deaths of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew paves way for full Inquest

28 March, 2007

Sinn Féin Assembly member Francie Molloy has welcomed the House of Lords ruling into the 1990 murder of IRA Volunteers Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew by the British Army as paving the way for a full and open Inquest into the deaths of the two men.

Mr Molloy said:

"No one disputes the fact that Martin and Dessie were shot by the British Army on October 9th 1990.

"However, first the RUC and then the PSNI have obstructed the Inquest procedure from the outset. Key information has been withheld from the coroner, who is an independent court officer, and this has denied the family the right to truth, openness and justice.

"This ruling today, which is final legal platform, now requires that all documentation, including unredacted materials, should be made available to the coroner in order to facilitate a full and open Inquest into the deaths of Martin and Dessie.

"Sinn Féin share the belief of the families that full disclosure of all relevant documentation will illustrate the fact that the British government operated a shoot-to-kill policy and we will continue to stand with the families in their search for the truth" ENDS

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