27 Jun 2014

British Gov warned over NI 'Troubles' potential breach of international law

Northern Ireland's senior coroner has warned the British government of a breach of international law if it continues to inadequately resource inquests into historic Troubles killings.

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John Leckey, Northern Ireland's senior coroner expressed concern that inquests into nine deaths linked to an alleged 'shoot-to-kill' policy from the 1980s may not go through if there is not enough disclosure of state files. The shoot-to-kill inquests are among almost 50 other inquests that deal with legacy cases in the Coroner's Service. He told the court that he has not had  a response from Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers since sending her the letter  three weeks earlier.

The letter written to Ms Villiers was also copied to Northern Ireland's Attorney General John Larkin and Advocate General for Northern Ireland Dominic Grieve to express concern about disclosure time - the disclosure time process has been going on for seven years without an end in sight, he says.Source: Belfast Telegraph