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Families of collusion victims deserve justice - Seeley

17 December, 2014

Sinn Féin's councillor Catherine Seeley has said the family of a Banbridge man killed by loyalists more than 40 years ago are entitled to truth and justice.

Speaking after the widow of Patrick Campbell launched legal action against the PSNI and British Ministry of Defence, councillor Seeley said;

"Patrick Campbell's killing in 1973 was one of scores of cases of collusion between the RUC, British army and notorious loyalist gangs in this area.

"The family have been forced into this move because of the failure of the police and the Ministry of Defence to investigate this callous sectarian killing.

"Despite Margaret Campbell identifying the gunmen at three identification line-ups the RUC said there was insufficient evidence.

"This case will once again expose the high level of collusion between the RUC, British army and other state agencies and loyalists groups in this area over decades.

"The PSNI should be assisting the families rather than obstructing the efforts of the families to get justice.

"All victims of state violence and collusion are entitled to access to the truth about what happened to their loved ones.

"It also further highlights the need for a comprehensive process to deal with the legacy of the conflict which puts victims first."

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