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Maskey supports family calls for investigation after Special Branch Agent claims

13 April, 2007

Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Belfast Alex Maskey has added his voice to calls made by families of those killed by the UDA in the area for the Police Ombudsman to carry out an investigation into the activities of Special Branch Agent ‘Inch’ McFerron who was a leading UDA figure in the area for many years and is linked to many murders. Mr Maskey’s remarks come after fresh claims about McFerron are made in today’s Irish News.

Mr Maskey said:

“The UDA in South Belfast in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s were responsible for scores of murders. Inch McFerron has been for many years been named as a leading suspect in many of these. It has also been widely believed for many years before the recent revelations in court that McFerron was a highly placed Special Branch Agent.

“McFerron was allowed by his handlers to murder Catholics and nationalists with impunity. It has been further alleged that the fingerprints of a Special Branch Officers were discovered on weapons recovered from a UDA arms dump yet no action was taken.

“I would add my voice to those of the families of people killed by the UDA in South Belfast during McFerron’s time as a Special Branch Agent who have demanded that the Police Ombudsman carry out an investigation into McFerron and his handlers in the Special Branch.” ENDS

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