Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Former RUC officers may seek anonymity at Hamill inquiry

Former RUC officers in the North who are due to give evidence in the tribunal into the murder of Catholic Robert Hamill have won the right to seek anonymity at the inquiry.

The ruling was made during a pre-tribunal hearing today on foot of an application by one ex-officer on behalf of himself and his colleagues

The officers claim their lives are in danger, although they have already given evidence in open court during murder and assault hearings.

Mr Hamill was beaten to death by a loyalist mob in the centre of Portadown nine years ago.

His family and eye-witnesses claim police on duty to prevent such attacks at a notorious sectarian flashpoint ignored pleas to come to his aid.

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