12 February 1998 Edition

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Hamill family harassed again

By Ciaran Smith

SOLICITOR Rosemary Nelson has described as outrageous the arrest of a brother of Robert Hamill who was beaten to death by loyalists in Portadown last year.

The family's solicitor, Nelson spoke of her ``outrage'' when she learned that the man was arrested and questioned by the RUC for involvement in disturbances in the town after last year's Garvaghy Road crisis.

Nelson said it was ``rather striking'' that of the 17 people arrested after the week-long series of riots in the town he was the only one detained for a lengthy period before being released again.

The Lurgan solicitor said that she received a letter from the RUC in Portadown, asking her to bring Mr Hamill to the station for him to answer a series of questions.

``Basically they wanted me to arrest my own client. I was absolutely horrified when they sent the letter making the request.''

Robert Hamill (25) died as a result of severe head injuries when he was savagely beaten in-front of an RUC mobile patrol.

Six men were charged with the murder but five were later released as the charges were dropped.

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