Villiers should apologise to Loughinisland Massacre families - Hazzard
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on the British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to apologise to the families of the victims of the Loughinisland Massacre after comments she made yesterday.
Speaking today Mr Hazzard said:
"In yesterday’s speech by the British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers she outlined how, in her view, it wasn’t British state agencies who pulled the triggers in Loughinisland and other killings.
"This is a total insult by the British government to the victims and their families of this massacre.
"Maybe Ms Villiers should read some of the files the British government refuse to disclose to learn what happened at Loughinisland or indeed actually meet with the families who have lost their loved ones.
"There remain many questions to be answered into the Loughinisland attack and the original RUC ‘investigation’ and into the role of British state agents in the planning and execution of the massacre and the destruction of evidence by police in its aftermath.
"The weapons used in the attack, two VZ58 assault rifles, were from a consignment of weapons brought in by Ulster Resistance from South Africa in 1988 with assistance from British Military Intelligence and its agent Brian Nelson.
"There is also a large body of evidence which points to the involvement of at least two state agents in the murder and a concerted attempt by state agencies to cover up the role of police and British intelligence in the massacre 20 years ago.
"Ms Villiers should apologise to the families immediately and ensure that files relating to this massacre are released. If she is serious about addressing legacy issues this would be a very good start.”