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Scrap the HET: time for a new inquiry team

TODAY we know that the HET, under direction from the PSNI, did not act properly in examining state killings.

The Minister for Justice David Ford and the Policing Board must move to scrap the HET immediately.

The Minister, with British Secretary of State Teresa Villiers, must now stop prevaricating and pave the way for the creation of an independent, Article 2 compliant mechanism to properly investigate all state killings.

The Irish Government must have an equal input to that process and must lend its weight to ensure its establishment on behalf of the Irish citizens whose lives were taken and whose families still mourn.

In order that the British government meet their investigative obligations they must create an independent body similar to the Police Ombudsman to examine British Army killings. Such a body should have international judicial oversight.

Mark Thompson

Director, Relatives For Justice

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