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Families have a right to see HET death reports

FAMILIES bereaved by conflict have the right to know the circumstances of the killings of their loved ones. This right particularly extends to all documentation relating to the killing.

We believe there are as many as 40 Historical Enquiries Team completed reports up until the July 2013 period not yet handed over to families.

There are also supplementary reports in response to further issues raised by families following the initial reports they received. We believe that these too are completed.

From the families' perspective they understand fully that the HET process was flawed, but that doesn't lessen the fact that they simply want these reports irrelevant of them being good, bad or otherwise.

It's a very human thing to want to know what a particular report says about those closest to you who were killed. It is a human right and the Policing Board, I believe, now supports the position of families receiving their reports.

Families have spent many years engaging with the process and have invested so much emotionally and physically and to then be told they can't receive the completed report into their loved ones' death is upsetting to say the least.

We again call on the Policing Board and ultimately the Chief Constable to hand over these reports to families and afford them the dignity they deserve.

MARK THOMPSON

Relatives for Justice

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