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Campaigner for soldiers' rights makes appeal to find Robert Nairac's body

Robert Nairac
Robert Nairac

By David Young

The lead investigator of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) has issued a fresh appeal for information on the whereabouts of the body of Captain Robert Nairac GC.

The appeal comes in a video documentary made by soldiers' rights campaigner Alan Barry, called The Great Betrayal.

Mr Barry is the founder of campaign group Justice for NI Veterans.

Captain Robert Nairac (29) was abducted by the IRA in south Armagh on May 15, 1977.

He was then tortured and shot by his captors, and his body secreted in Ravensdale Forest, Co Louth.

The Grenadier Guard, counted as one of the 'Disappeared', was posthumously awarded the George Cross for bravery.

In the documentary, Geoff Knupfer, lead investigator of the ICLVR, appeals for information on his remains.

"What we would love is for anybody who has any relevant information on the Nairac case - and I accept that there are probably few, if any, primary sources left, people who were directly involved," he said.

"But there are certainly people who know what happened, and where Robert's remains are located. And we appeal to them - please do come forward."

The investigator said information received by the ICLVR can only be used to recover and repatriate the remains.

"It cannot be passed on to other organisations or law enforcement agencies - and it can't be used in a court of law."

Last night Mr Barry told the Belfast Telegraph: "The IRA got to bury their dead. It's macabre that anyone would withhold information about where Captain Nairac's body is."

Mr Barry said Captain Nairac's two elderly sisters should be allowed to bury their brother.

"Everyone deserves a Christian burial: no one should be left in a shallow grave."

The Great Betrayal can be seen at

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