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Loughgall judicial review decision welcomed

19 March, 2015 - by Bronwyn McGahan

Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed the decision today in the High Court to allow the family of Anthony Hughes to challenge the British Secretary of State’s intervention stopping the inquest into the death of her husband and eight other men killed that day.

 Ms. McGahan said,

 “After the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg found the rights of those killed at Loughgall had been violated the Attorney General was considering authorising a new inquest until the intervention of the British Secretary of State.

 “In September, British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers issued a certificate for Advocate General Jeremy Wright QC, transferring the power to hold an inquiry directly to him.

 “As justice is a devolved matter the power to hold this inquest must remain within the remit of the Attorney General John Larkin.

  “The families of those killed at Loughgall have a right to know how their loved ones were killed and if the RUC and British Army could have stopped and arrested the men rather than shoot them dead.

 “Today’s decision at the High Court opens up the path to a judicial review of Theresa Villiers’ decision based upon the European Convention of Human Rights and that has to be welcomed.

 “I commend the families of those killed for the dignity and fortitude they have shown in pursuing the truth despite the many obstacles put in their path by the British Government.” ENDS/CRÍOCH 

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