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Inquiries must match demands of the families

16 November, 2004

Commenting on the announcement today by the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy on the detail of the inquiries into the deaths of Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly said:

" The commitment to establish these three inquiries in line with Judge Cory's recommendations was given after the Weston Park talks. There was also a clear public commitment given at that time to establish an independent inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. We have seen the British government stalling on this commitment to date. The British government needs to deliver on these inquiries. We must also see the terms of reference into an inquiry into Pat Finucane's death published immediately.

" We will obviously take some time to consider in detail the remit and terms of reference being afforded to the inquiries announced today. The announcement that Michael Morland will be chairing the Rosemary Nelson inquiry will not inspire confidence given his involvement acting for the Crown in internment without trial cases in 1973. Mr Morland was also involved in 1976 with the Gardiner commission which removed special category status for prisoners and introduced the criminalisation policy.

" These families have campaigned for many years for the establishment of independent inquires into the deaths of their loved ones. It is important that the inquiries announced today meet the demands of the families and achieve the confidence of the community. That will ultimately be the test against which they are examined." ENDS

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