Press statement on senior coroner John Leckey

A High Court judge ruled today that senior coroner John Leckey was right to decide next of kin should be allowed to see edited versions of the probes into a series of controversial Royal Ulster Constabulary shootings 28 years ago.

In response to the judgment delivered at the High Court this morning by Mr Justice Gillen in respect of the Application for Judicial Review by the new Chief Constable Matt Baggot, Fearghal Shiels of Madden & Finucane Solicitors, representing the families of Gervaise, McKerr, Eugene Toman and Sean Burns said today:

"We welcome this morning's judgment by the High Court dismissing the Chief Constable's application.

It is now over 15 years since this Inquest had to be abandoned by the Coroner because of the then RUC Chief Constable Hugh Annesley refusal to disclose the Stalker/ Sampson's report into the circumstances surrounding these killings. The new Chief Constable should now disclose the report without further delay or prevarication in order that the full truth can finally be established about these events."

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