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First Minister 'unclear' over judgment on documents

By Noel McAdam

The First Minister has said she cannot judge whether the Government was right to withhold documents from the Arkinson family.

A final verdict on the Northern Ireland Office decision is believed to rest with the coroner as the hearing began yesterday.

But in the Assembly, First Minister Arlene Foster was pressed on the issue by Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly, who asked for her views "bearing in mind that this murder has never been described as a conflict-related death".

Mrs Foster said: "I certainly do not want to add to the very obvious distress and trauma that the Arkinson family is going through. "I hear what (you) say about the public-interest immunity (PII) certificate.

"I am a little unclear as to whether the coroner has the right to make a judgment on the appropriateness of that PII certificate. I am reading conflicting reports on that, but I know that it is causing a lot of distress."

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