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I won't reveal how he died, all I want is to hear truth, says brother of IRA man

By Noel McAdam

The brother of an IRA man shot dead by the Army has pledged to accept Government demands on public confidentiality in return for "the truth".

Daniel Bradley told the Belfast Telegraph he would sign a guarantee not to put details of his brother Seamus' death into the public domain - if he can be given sight of security forces files.

A Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report into Seamus Bradley's death in Londonderry during Operation Motorman in 1972 said the incident had never been "effectively investigated".

It also concluded that if the soldiers were telling the truth about the shooting, then they had operated within Army rules and the law.

According to the HET report, Mr Bradley was shot and killed by a soldier from the Royal Scots Regiment.

An inquest into the 19-year-old's death has yet to be held, although the Lord Chief Justice is expected to announce a date as part of a series of controversial Troubles-related cases.

Mr Bradley said he believed his brother's neck was broken as he tried to jump out of an Army Saracen armoured car.

He added: "They are not going to prosecute the soldier who was involved after 44 years.

"Basically, I am saying that I will sign any form they want me to, in good faith, if I can just see the documents which might show me what actually happened.

"After more than four decades I know there is not going to be any conviction, but if I can get to the truth, then that doesn't matter."

Mr Bradley put the idea to Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan at a meeting with other families of victims from the Troubles last week, along with Lord Justice Weir.

Justice Weir recently conducted a review of the so-called legacy inquests and was scathing about the failure of the Government, Ministry of Defence and the PSNI to disclose documentation.

Mr Bradley, who was severely critical of Sinn Fein over the way the party treated the family of disappeared woman Jean McConville, said: "I was impressed by the Lord Chief Justice. I was also impressed when he said that he held meetings with the EU and the UN, as they were putting pressure on the British government.

"The main point that came from the people at the meeting was that there was no trust and that everything took so long."

The Lord Chief Justice acknowledged the families' lack of trust and said that he would do all in his power to get all these cases sorted and that he has five years to do so.

Mr Bradley said: "He needs the next three months to look at all these cases and he will get back to the families. His major point was that he was seeking the families' trust and he does understand their frustration."

Sir Declan said discussions with the UN's Special Rapporteur and the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner had shown concerns that Northern Ireland "could miss the bigger picture if we focus solely on a series of individual cases".

He told the meeting last Friday: "I can see the potential benefits of linking certain cases, and we might therefore decide that it would make sense to group a number of the cases together, where there are common themes, to ensure that the wider picture is available."

Almost exactly seven years ago at a public meeting in Belfast to debate the Eames-Bradley proposals on dealing with the past, Mr Bradley clashed bitterly with Michelle Williamson, who lost her parents in the IRA Shankill bomb - although they ended up shaking hands.

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