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Patsy Kelly Investigation

29 July, 2003

Responding to the news that the PSNI are to re-investigate the murder of Cllr. Patsy Kelly in July 1974, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has said:

"Patsy Kelly's family and local people are convinced that members of the UDR murdered him and dumped his body. There has been years of cover-up and obstruction by the RUC. In effect the RUC assisted Patsy Kelly's killers to escape justice. Many of those officers remain in place and the PSNI are refusing to confirm that these individuals will not be involved in any re-investigation. Given this fact there is little hope that the PSNI will investigate this case properly.

"The Kelly family are convinced that the only mechanism to establish the truth is through an independent inquiry separate from the PSNI. There is a real fear that this latest move is nothing more than a further stalling exercise and has indeed been done without consultation with the Kelly family." ENDS

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