13 Oct 2014

Lawyer threatens UK government over 'Troubles' investigation cuts

Families bereaved by the Troubles will take court action against the State if cuts hinder investigations, a high profile lawyer has warned.

Belfast: Too cash-strapped to investigate historic cases Ben Howard

A row over spending between the DUP and Sinn Fein has triggered the crisis in Northern Ireland. As a result, a number of bodies responsible for investigating unresolved killings have had their resources cut, including the specialist unit within the Police Service of Northern Ireland dedicated to investigations of Troubles cases. High profile solicitor Kevin Winters, who represents a number of bereaved families, said that if the cutbacks were made, his clients would have no option but to take court action against the State, including the Ministry of Defence. The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has also complained and said he planned to write to the Council of Europe to say he was unable to meet the commitments under the European Court of Human Rights. Source: The Guardian