24 January 2006

State investigating itself is not acceptable - Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin

Published: 24 January, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has today said that "the Historical Enquiries Team does not come close to the process of truth and justice which families have sought".

Mr Kelly made his comments as the Historical Enquiries Team commenced its work.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"The Historical Enquiries Team does not come close to the process of truth and justice which families have sought. This is again a case of the state investigating the state when the reality is that collusion was a British state policy. The British state is actively suppressing the truth about collusion. This is the core reason that the Finucane family is still being denied the inquiry which they were promised.

"Indeed while £30 million is being spent by the HET the agreed investigative and oversight mechanism, the Ombudsman‚s office, is being starved of the resources needed to pursue retrospective investigation of RUC involvement in collusion and state violence." ENDS

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