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Hamills must be told everything, Mowlam insisted

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Published 22/05/2009

Former Secretary of State Mo Mowlam wanted to ensure “the system” stood up to criticism from Robert Hamill’s family, an inquiry into the Portadown man’s death has heard.

In a letter to Ronnie Flanagan, the RUC Chief Constable at the time of the 1997 murder, Mrs Mowlam wrote: “I think they deserve to be told as much as we can...”

The typed letter which was produced at the inquiry in Belfast’s Interpoint Centre yesterday also noted that Ms Mowlam believed it necessary “to give these people (Hamills) an honest response to what they see as reasonable questions”.

Robert Hamill died days after a brutal beating in Portadown on April 27, 1997. An inquiry has been set up into the sectarian murder.

The inquiry has been adjourned and is expected to resume in the summer.

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