28 May 2006

Angry McCord vows to shun Hain

Sunday Life

Alan Murray
28 May 2006

THE father of UVF murder victim Raymond McCord says he won't meet the Secretary of State again even though he still wants to meet the Prime Minister to discuss alleged collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and RUC Special Branch officers.

It's believed that the Police Ombudsman will next month announce the outcome of her own investigation into alleged collusion between members of the UVF in north Belfast and RUC officers..

Raymond McCord snr said he is angered by the Government's attitude to his campaign to get justice for his murdered son.

"Tony Blair's officials have told me he can't meet me because court cases are ongoing, enquiries are ongoing, but that hasn't stopped him meeting the Finucane family, and the McCartney and the Hamill families.

"I'm not saying he shouldn't have met these Nationalist families who lost their loved ones but he refuses to meet families from the Unionist/Protestant tradition who have lost their sons in the same way," he said.

"I was permitted to meet Peter Hain but it came across to me that he wasn't interested, didn't know very much about the case and wanted me out of his office as soon as possible so I will not meet him again."

He has already been filmed for a UTV special about his son's murder and his allegations that the UVF man who orchestrated the killing and possibly up to a dozen other murders was allowed to continue to act as a Special Branch informer.

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

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