23 July 2009 Edition

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British cover-ups increase inquiry costs

RESPONDING to reports that the Inquiries into the murders of Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright have so far cost £95m, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Truth issues Francie Molloy said that ‘it is not the inquiries themselves which have cost money, it is the British government policy of concealment and cover-up which gave rise to them which has caused these costs’.
Molloy said:
“Once again when dealing with the issues of inquiries into people murdered directly by the British State or through their surrogate gangs, elements of the British establishment seek to hide behind the costs of these tribunals rather than focus on why they are in place in the first instance and secondly why their governments actions have contributed to such high costs. In March Shaun Woodward already indicated in the British House of Commons that these inquiries would cost £300m.
“It is not the inquiries themselves which have cost money; it is the British government policy of concealment and cover-up which gave rise to them which has caused these costs. The approach of the British government to these inquiries shows that their concealment policy is alive and well.
“So it would do victims and survivors a much greater service if the British government instead of playing a bogus numbers game announced that they were finally prepared to come clean on their past involvement in collusion, state murder and other human rights abuses.”

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