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02.01.07
STEVENS ENQUIRY MARK ??

The most recent farcical call for an inquiry into the killing of Loughlin Maginn. As victims of terrorism who have suffered for over thirty years without justice in so many cases we find it insulting to see the government wasting time and money on the cases of those who were involved in terrorism. The fact that the families and supporters of these men seek to capitalise on their deaths, using that as another means of attacking the state is an insult to real victims.

The latest insult is made all the worse by the fact that the case in question has already been investigated indeed so through was the police investigation that two men were convicted and given life sentences for the killing and the police continued to look into the case with a further conviction in December 1998. This stands in strong contrast to the experience of many of our members who this year watched the Cabinet papers being opened with details of the Kingsmills atrocity. Our families still sit 30 years later being denied justice.

Therefore to have a rerun of the Stevens Inquiry into the murder of Loughlin Maginn is far from welcome. However many of the families in the Rathfriland area would welcome a full inquiry into this man and others. His involvement in Republican terrorism and his role in the PIRA does indeed warrant further investigation. If the same police time had been committed to this task then there may have been more progress on the many murders carried out by Republicans in this area.

The failure by the state to curb terrorism, then their failure to bring those involved to justice which was compounded by the willingness to establish inquiry after inquiry into alleged collusion. All we as victims call for, is balance, with the same effort and resources being committed to our cases.

 



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