28 February 2006

Adams backs murder victim's father's search for justice


27/02/2006 - 19:13:41

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams today held talks with the father of a loyalist murder victim and vowed to back his campaign for justice.

Raymond McCord met Mr Adams at the party’s headquarters in west Belfast to discuss the Ulster Volunteer Force killing of his son, Raymond Junior.

Mr McCord claims a UVF man involved in the murder has been protected because he is a police Special Branch agent.

His son, a 22-year-old former RAF operator, was beaten to death and dumped in a north Belfast quarry in 1997.

Mr Adams today pledged to raise the case with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern later this week.

After the 45-minute meeting the West Belfast MP said: “I think the McCord family have the right to truth and that is essentially what Raymond McCord is looking for.

“He is looking for the truth about the murder of his son.

“I think there is a huge amount of evidence to suggest that British agents were involved in that killing.

“It is a matter of fact that collusion by British forces with unionists was a big part of how they ran their operation here and I intend to raise this case and support the family in any way I can.”

Nuala O’Loan, the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, is due to report on her investigation into the allegations later this year.

Mr McCord has already held talks with SDLP leader Mark Durkan, Alliance leader David Ford and Ulster Unionist leader Reg Empey.

He is currently trying to arrange meetings with Mr Ahern and DUP leader Ian Paisley.

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