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Clarity call on shooting of unarmed IRA man

Recorded details of how a police officer shot dead an unarmed IRA man almost 20 years ago should be disclosed to lawyers for the victim's family, an inquest heard yesterday.

Pearse Jordan (23) was killed by the RUC in disputed circumstances in west Belfast in 1992.

Coroner Brian Sherrard said he was frustrated progress had not been made on releasing statements from the soldier, known as ‘Sgt A’, and a policeman, also at the scene.

Mr Sherrard said: “My priority is to make sure this is done properly. The Jordans and the others have already had a very long wait but I don't think we are doing anybody any favours by rushing this on in the absence of a proper consideration of the material.”

NI Secretary Owen Paterson signed a public interest immunity certificate, meaning part of the evidence must be redacted from public view. Counsel for the security forces said material from Sgt A would be available next week but the statement from the policeman, ‘Witness V’, may take longer.

The inquest is still scheduled to start on October 3.

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