Belfast Telegraph

Inquest may call SAS legal advisers

BY Lesley-Anne McKeown

Military advisers who sat in on police interviews with SAS soldiers involved in the ambush and killing of two suspected IRA men 29 years ago could be called to give evidence at their inquests.

Daniel Doherty (23) and William Fleming (19) were shot dead in the grounds of Gransha Hospital in Londonderry in December 1984.

An original inquest was held two years after the shootings, but in 2010 Northern Ireland's Attorney General John Larkin ordered another hearing after finding that police documents had been withheld from the coroner at the time.

At a preliminary hearing in Belfast's Old Town Hall, lawyers representing the families of the two men requested the identification of Army legal advisers.

Peter Coll, for the MoD, claimed the families' lawyers were embarking on a "fishing expedition" and questioned the relevance of advisers' roles.

Fiona Doherty, barrister for the Coroners Service, said anything which could have affected the quality of evidence gathered at the time of the killings would be relevant to the inquest.

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