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Questions raised over British Intelligence involvement in Shankill Butchers type murders

12 March, 2012 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

 Sinn Féin Paul Maskey MP said the murder of Joe Jones and Eddie Burns five years ago raised a lot of questions around the investigation and the involvement of British Intelligence agents.

The west Belfast representative was speaking after himself and Carál Ní Chuilín MLA attended a press conference organised by the families of Joe Jones and Eddie Burns who were murdered in Belfast five years ago. The family are seeking justice and have many questions around the police investigation after the murders.

Paul Maskey said:

“We were at the press conference first and foremost to give our support to the families who are seeking justice and who have decided to speak out for the first time five years after the murderers.

“We will be raising their concerns around the investigation at the Policing Board and with the Justice Minister. It appears that the hands of British Intelligence are all over these murders and there were serious flaws in the investigation, with a repeated failure to arrest chief suspects.

“The question has to be asked, is any of the suspects being protected by British Intelligence agencies?”

North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín, in whose constituency one of the men was brutally murdered said the killing was reminiscent of something done by the Shankill Butchers.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

“This was a Shankill Butchers style killing and shocked the whole community at the time. The families want justice and we are fully behind them.

“Obviously people who carry out such a killing need to be brought to account but that process appears to have been ignored in order to protect one or more of the suspects.”

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