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New officers head historic probe

New police officers have been appointed to lead the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

PSNI detective chief superintendent Tina Barnett took over the unit from September 28 and will be joined by Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy.

Former head Dave Cox stepped down last month following an inspection report that criticised how the HET reviewed military killings in Northern Ireland.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said the body, charged with investigating more than 3,000 unresolved deaths during the Troubles, had been acting illegally by dealing less rigorously with army cases than with paramilitary ones.

The Relatives for Justice campaign group said: "Removing Cox and other senior officers misses entirely the issue as the problem is ingrained in the overarching architecture of both the HET and the PSNI - a place where the word independence doesn't exist at all and where the framework enables the vested interest to be protected with checks and balances that prevent the truth from emerging about state actions."

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