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Kincora needs included in UK-wide abuse probe

Published 03/08/2015

I agree with the sentiments expressed by William Humphrey MLA of the DUP (Write Back, July 27).

I find it regrettable that the Northern Ireland Secretary, Theresa Villiers, has announced that allegations of paedophilia at Kincora will not be covered by the historic child abuse inquiry.

This statement follows the discovery of papers during a fresh search of the archives relating to abuse at Kincora carried out after a file emerged that should have been submitted to the Government-established inquiry examining whether evidence linking prominent figures to child abuse was deliberately destroyed.

Ms Villiers said the best forum to examine claims of political involvement in a paedophile ring that allegedly operated from Kincora was an ongoing Stormont-established specific inquiry, chaired by retired judge Sir Anthony Hart - not the nationwide probe being chaired by judge Lowell Goddard.

It has long been alleged that well-known figures in the Establishment were involved in the abuse of vulnerable boys living in the infamous facility in east Belfast in the 1970s.

Moreover, it has been claimed that the Security Services knew, but did nothing to stop them, instead using the knowledge to blackmail influential men who were committing abuse.

Amnesty International is among those who have campaigned for the home to be included in the Government-commissioned UK-wide probe into historic abuse on the basis that the Northern Ireland-specific probe does not have the powers to compel Security Services' witnesses to give evidence.

If justice is to be served, complete disclosure of relevant material must be made available to the victims so their rights to justice can be secured.

TOM COOPER

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Belfast Telegraph

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