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Billy Wright report due in September

The findings of a public inquiry into the prison murder of loyalist Billy Wright will be published on September 14, the Government has confirmed.

The former leader of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) was shot dead by republicans who smuggled weapons into the top-security Maze prison in 1997.

Lord Ranald MacLean led a £30m investigation into alleged security lapses and allegations of an official plot to have Wright killed because of the danger he posed to the peace process.

Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson said a scrutiny of the report by Government lawyers had ensured its release posed no threat to the lives of individuals, and he confirmed the document was cleared for publication. Mr Paterson said: “As with the publication of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry report, I intend to consider giving advance sight to those who were designated as represented parties by the inquiry, to their legal representatives, and to some Members of this House.

“I intend to discuss this with the Speaker of this House in due course.”

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