There was some scepticism about the forward efficiency of the Historic Enquiries Team set up by Hugh Orde to tackle unsolved murders from the Troubles (some 3000 cases in all). Although Gerry Kelly, speaking at West Belfast Talks Back, suggested that some families may wish to push their case as far as they could with the process in order to take it further, his party could not express much hope in it efficicacy. Just the same, it looks like they are going to pull in a fair amount of ex soldiers. Though, as Nuala O’Loan pointed out on the same night, the untility of witnesses thirty years after the fact may be extremely limited. She also mentioned that key evidence may simply not have been gathered, or destroyed when specific RUC Stations were blown up.
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