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Irish Independent, 7 November 2006

Inquiry 'shocked' at RUC collusion

A US academic yesterday said the extent of apparent security force collusion in loyalist paramilitary murders in the North was "shocking".

University of Notre Dame human rights law Professor Douglass Cassel was commenting after an international investigation he headed uncovered considerable and credible evidence of British Army and police collusion in 74 sectarian murders during the 1970s.

Professor Cassel told the Belfast presentation of the report: "Personally I was shocked.

"The British Government has a reputation around the world as one of the leading democracies and one of the longest histories of the rule of law.

"To find this extent of collusion in murders in the 25 incidents we investigated was shocking," he said.

The probe into 25 loyalist atrocities, carried out by a panel of human rights experts from around the world, found senior RUC officers were aware and approved of collusion while officials in London had enough information to intervene.

The panel's report also called on the British government to appoint an independent inquiry to examine how high up the chain of command collusion went.

The panel had been asked by the Derry-based human rights organisation the Pat Finucane Centre to investigate allegations of collusion in 25 loyalist attacks.

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The aftermath of the bombing of Kay's Tavern Bar, 19 December 1975. No one has ever been brought to justice for this loyalist atrocity in Dundalk. This was one of the attacks studied by the international panel, which found evidence of RUC and British Army/UDR collusion.

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The international inquiry's report into British state collusion in the 1970s can be downloaded in pdf format from the Pat Finucane Centre's website.

See also:

See: Irish Times/, 6 November 2006: Garda Castigated In Report On North Collusion

Irish American Information Service online, 6 November 2006: RUC APPROVED AND COLLUDED IN 25 MURDERS - REPORT
2006-11-06 11:53:00.0 EST

BBC News online, 6 November 2006: Security 'Links' To Murder Plots

Ulster Television News online, 6 November 2006: US academic shocked by report's findings

The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: Shock report alleges high-level collusion Officials 'had information on 25 atrocities' RUC & Army 'helped loyalists carry out. . 74 MURDERS

The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: So many victims

The Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006: Evidence found of British collusion in bombings

The Guardian, 7 November 2006: RUC and army 'backed killers'

The Irish-American Information Service, 7 November 2006: PRESSURE ON BRITISH TO INVESTIGATE COLLUSION EVIDENCE

The Irish News, 7 November 2006: Questions haunt probe into loyalist collusion.

The Dundalk Democrat, 15 November 2006:'We just want the truth' New investigation into 1975 bombing


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