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UVF victim Bobby Moffett's sister loses dossier fight

By Alan Erwin

Published 15/04/2015

The sister of a man murdered by loyalists on the streets of Belfast has lost her legal battle to get a full dossier on the shooting.

A High Court judge ruled that the Secretary of State was right to refuse to hand over all material gathered by an international body who examined Bobby Moffett's "public execution".

The victim's sister, Irene Owens, wanted the information supplied to the coroner for an inquest into the killing. But Mr Justice Treacy pointed out how the now defunct Independent Monitoring Commission had operated on a confidential basis in order to protect its sources.

He said: "Any decision other than that arrived at by the Secretary of State would have been a grave betrayal of those who assisted the vital work of the IMC, and of the IMC themselves." Once the "seal of its archive is broken", those who provided information to the body would be exposed to the risk of retribution, he added. Mr Moffett (43) was shot dead at point-blank range in front of shoppers and children on Belfast's Shankill Road in May 2010.

Months later the IMC issued a special report declaring his murder had been sanctioned by the UVF leadership.

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