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Video: Police accused of 'obstructing Troubles inquests to protect predecessors'


An inquest began today in Belfast's Magistrates Court to review 56 cases of death during the Troubles. Representatives from affected families, Colum Eastwood and Alex Atwood from the SDLP and the campaign groups attended the hearing.

Director and founder of Justice for Relatives Mark Thompson spoke out against the PSNI's lack of co-operation towards a full disclosure of details in each of the 56 cases, "It's deeply frustrating for the families, families have comet court today after promise after promise, it's thirty-four years since these killings, and what we can clearly see is the PSNI continuing the cover-up that had been in place since the killings by the RUC."

In court the PSNI had spoke of a lack of resources to tackle the "42 lever arch files" pertaining to the bulk of the cases and that in the interest of "expediting the findings" that they recommend a "relevance review" as there was "too much material."

Mr Thompson regarded these moves as "obstructive."

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