Belfast Telegraph

Judge orders police to explain inquest meetings

By David Young

A judge has ordered the police to fully explain the purpose of meetings commanders held with ex-officers about inquests into historic Troubles killings.

Mr Justice Weir demanded to know what went on during the "legacy information seminars" to find out if retired policemen and women were prompted on what to say when they appeared as witnesses before a coroner.

"I want to get to the bottom of this," he told a lawyer for the PSNI.

"I want to find out what these are about and what's going on."

The events, organised by now retired Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie, were held at the PSNI's leisure complex at New Forge in south Belfast and were facilitated by the Retired Police Officers Association in Northern Ireland.

The judge requested signed statements from officers involved in the seminars during a preliminary hearing for an inquest into the loyalist paramilitary murder of Co Tyrone pensioner Roseann Mallon (76) as she watched television in 1994.

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