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McBride family seek expulsion of army killers

On 10 April 1999, members of the McBride family, along with a delegation of justice campaigners, travelled to London to deliver a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair urging that the two guardsmen convicted of murdering Belfast teenager Peter McBride be dishonourably discharged from the army. The two men, Mark Wright and James Fisher, had been released in September 1998 after serving less than six years of a life sentence, and were immediately allowed to resume their army careers.

There has been no reply to this letter, and the Pat Finucane Centre has recently been informed, through the offices of an MP, that Downing Street now claim to have no record of this letter. Meanwhile, the family of Peter McBride still await the decision of a second army board on whether or not his two killers will be allowed to remain in the army. The army board has refused to tell the family when this decision is likely to be taken.

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