Belfast Telegraph

Police bias 'is issue in shootings probe'

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

A former police officer selected to trawl through top secret information on some of Northern Ireland's most controversial killings served in the force with 52 potential inquest witnesses, it was revealed in court.

He is part of a team made up of four ex-RUC Special Branch members and an ex-RUC intelligence officer chosen by the Chief Constable to prepare documents relating to six alleged shoot-to-kill incidents involving the security forces over 30 years ago.

He has been charged with reading and redacting information from classified material due to be disclosed to the families of those shot dead.

A preliminary hearing at Belfast's Old Town Hall heard that two other members of the team served with 10 potential witnesses; another worked alongside 21 potential witnesses, and a fifth knew one potential witness.

Barrister Karen Quinlivan QC, who is representing relatives of those killed, described it as "breathtaking" that police were investigating police.

The next preliminary hearing is due to take place in July.

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