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LVF leader Billy Wright

LVF leader Billy Wright

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Loyalist paramilitary Billy Wright pictured  in Portadown in August 1996.

Loyalist paramilitary Billy Wright pictured in Portadown in August 1996.

David Wright, father of Billy Wright, says there is evidence of collusion over his son's killing

David Wright, father of Billy Wright, says there is evidence of collusion over his son's killing

Billy Wright was shot dead in 1997 inside the Maze Prison

Billy Wright was shot dead in 1997 inside the Maze Prison

Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams - the INLA terrorist who shot lVF leader Billy Wright dead in the Maze Prison

Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams - the INLA terrorist who shot lVF leader Billy Wright dead in the Maze Prison

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INLA prisoner Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams walks out of Magilligan prison after being released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. McWilliams served only three years for the murder of loyalist Billy Wright in the Maze prison

INLA prisoner Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams walks out of Magilligan prison after being released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. McWilliams served only three years for the murder of loyalist Billy Wright in the Maze prison

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Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams - the INLA terrorist who shot lVF leader Billy Wright dead in the Maze Prison, released from Magelligan Prison on early release under terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams - the INLA terrorist who shot lVF leader Billy Wright dead in the Maze Prison, released from Magelligan Prison on early release under terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Former LVF founder and leader Billy Wright who was killed inside the Maze Prison by the INLA in 1997

Former LVF founder and leader Billy Wright who was killed inside the Maze Prison by the INLA in 1997

PACEMAKER BELFAST

The two guns used in the INLA murder of Billy Wright

The two guns used in the INLA murder of Billy Wright

PACEMAKER BELFAST

Former LVF founder and leader Billy Wright who was killed inside the Maze prison by the INLA in 1997

Former LVF founder and leader Billy Wright who was killed inside the Maze prison by the INLA in 1997

PACEMAKER BELFAST

Billy Wright ,loyalist fanatic who was shot dead in the Maze Prison, was leader of the renegade Loyalist Volunteer Force

Billy Wright ,loyalist fanatic who was shot dead in the Maze Prison, was leader of the renegade Loyalist Volunteer Force

A copy of The Billy Wright Inquiry Report

A copy of The Billy Wright Inquiry Report

Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson gives his statement to the House of Commons, London

Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson gives his statement to the House of Commons, London

LVF leader Billy Wright

Billy Wright's father insists there is "firm and final" proof of state collusion in his son's killing.

He criticised the rules of the inquiry, which he said was not allowed to use the word "collusion".

Lord Maclean's report said there was no collusion with the killers.

David Wright said: "It looks like collusion, it sounds like collusion and in my mind amounts to firm and final proof of collusion by state agencies."

He said that culminated in the murder of his son.

Mr Wright has campaigned since his son's death for the truth.

He said the issue of how weapons were smuggled into prison was not properly addressed.

He added that a "fatal mistake" was made in not passing information to the prisons minister.

He said the service had been exposed for wrongful acts.

"It is appalling that in a democratic society that a finding has now been made that the (failure to pass on information) by the RUC of various threats against Billy Wright between 1996 and 1997 constituted dreadful acts of omission that facilitated his death," he added.

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