The Irish Times/ireland.com,
6 November 2006:
Garda Castigated In Report On North Collusion
A human rights investigation says it has found evidence of RUC and British
Army collusion in 74 sectarian murders in Northern Ireland.
The study by an international panel of human rights experts revealed it was
told during its investigation that the Garda failed to co-operate in bringing
republicans to justice for the murders of Protestants in the Republic.
An investigation of 25 loyalist atrocities during the 1970s by the panel said
senior RUC officers were aware and approved of collusion while officials in
London had enough information to intervene.
The panel, whose members include a law lecturer with the University of Notre
Dame in the United States and a former investigator for the South African
Truth and Reconciliation Commission, called on the British government to
appoint an independent inquiry to examine how high up the chain of command
They also urged the Government to investigate the claims made about the gardaí.
The group was asked by Derry-based human rights
organisation the Pat Finucane Centre to investigate the 25 incidents. Among
the controversial murders they investigated were the murder of three members
of the Miami Showband in July 1975 and the shooting dead of six men in
separate UVF gun attacks on two families in Co Armagh in January 1976.
In their 115-page report, the panel said today: "Credible evidence
indicates that superiors of violent extremist officers and agents, at least
within the RUC, were aware of their sectarian crimes yet failed to act to
prevent, investigate or punish them. On the contrary, they allegedly made
statements that appeared to condone participation in these crimes.
The report also said gardaí seized on technicalities to deny extradition and
"known criminals were allowed to roam freely on the other side of the
© The Irish Times/ireland.com
Pat Finucane Centre, Derry, statement, 3 November 2006: INVITATION
THE LAUNCH OF THE REPORT
OF THE INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL PANEL
ALLEGED COLLUSION IN SECTARIAN KILLINGS IN
. . .
Information Service online, 6 November 2006: RUC
APPROVED AND COLLUDED IN 25 MURDERS - REPORT 2006-11-06 11:53:00.0 EST
News online, 6 November 2006: Security 'Links' To
Television News online, 6 November 2006: US
academic shocked by report's findings
Telegraph, 7 November
2006 Collusion: PSNI
team 'not capable of getting to truth' Orde defends
cold case team after international criticism
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
Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006: Evidence
found of British collusion in bombings
The Guardian, 7 November
2006: RUC and army 'backed killers'
Irish-American Information Service, 7 November 2006: PRESSURE
ON BRITISH TO INVESTIGATE COLLUSION EVIDENCE
News, 7 November 2006: Questions haunt
probe into loyalist collusion.
Democrat, 15 November 2006:'We
just want the truth' New
investigation into 1975 bombing
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