21 January 2006

Retired police 'escape probes'

Belfast Telegraph

By Michael McHugh
20 January 2006

Former police officers are escaping investigation by the Police Ombudsman's office because they have retired, human rights lobbyists claimed today.

The legal loophole allows retired officers to refuse co-operation with Nuala O'Loan's office and has been highlighted as the stream of complaints about Troubles incidents continues.

Jane Winter from the British/Irish Rights Watch pressure group said the matter needed to be pursued.

"Many of the incidents which the Ombudsman investigated are looking at cases which are very old and involve retired officers," she said.

"At the minute these officers are retired and are beyond the reach of the Ombudsman's office."

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