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Former Ulster Unionist peer Lord Maginnis named in legal action by families of shot IRA men

By Rebecca Black

Published 04/07/2015

Lord Maginnis
Lord Maginnis

Former Ulster Unionist peer Lord Maginnis has been named in a civil action taken by the families of three men killed by the security forces.

The families of brothers Gerard and Martin Harte, and Brian Mullin are also taking the legal action against the Government and the Chief Constable.

The men died in 1988 when they were shot by the SAS near Drumnakilly, Co Tyrone.

A recent RTE documentary on collusion explored the case.

The shootings came 10 days after eight soldiers were killed in the IRA Ballygawley bus bombing.

The families claim what was said in the documentary shows that a "shoot-to-kill policy" was being operated at that time. Lord Maginnis was among those interviewed for the programme.

He stated that in the immediate aftermath of the Ballygawley bombing he was in direct contact with then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

He said he gave Mrs Thatcher the names of people he thought would have been involved in carrying out the attack. He said the people he named ended up dead.

Just over a week after the bombing, the Harte brothers and Brian Mullin were shot dead by the SAS.

The case will be heard in the High Court in due course.

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