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Ruling on IRA man Pearse Jordan's inquest is challenged

BY ALAN ERWIN

Appeals have been lodged against a High Court decision to quash the findings of an inquest into the police shooting of an IRA man more than 20 years ago.

Lawyers for both the coroner and Chief Constable are preparing challenges to the verdict reached by Mr Justice Stephens.

Earlier this year the judge indicated that a new tribunal examining the death of Pearse Jordan should sit without a jury.

He also found the PSNI responsible for a delay of up to 11 years in holding the inquest.

All grounds of Mr Justice Stephens' determination are understood to be under challenge.

Jordan was killed in disputed circumstances on the Falls Road in west Belfast in 1992.

Witnesses claimed the police shot him in the back as he tried to flee after the stolen car he was driving was rammed.

His death was one of several high-profile cases involving allegations of a "shoot-to-kill" policy operated by the security forces.

Now, however, Mr Justice Stephens' verdict is set to be appealed at a hearing in October.

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