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Maskey hits out at decision to seal files on British army killing

17 April, 2019 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has hit out at the decision by the British state to keep the files on the British army killing of 14-year-old Julie Livingstone sealed until 2064.

Fourteen-year-old Julie Livingstone was shot in the head by a plastic bullet fired by a British army vehicle when she was returning from a local shop in Lenadoon on 12 May 1981.

The West Belfast MLA said:

“It is unacceptable that British state files relating to the killing of 14-year-old Julie Livingstone have been sealed for a further 45 years.

“The family of Julie Livingstone have been waiting almost 40 years for truth and justice so this decision to seal the files on her killing is callous in the extreme.

“I am calling on the British Secretary of State and the British Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to immediately release the files so Julie Livingstone’s family can get answers.

“The British government needs to end its stalling tactics on the implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House five years ago.

“Justice delayed is justice denied.”

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