Ex-prison governor’s mystery evidence halts Wright Inquiry…

WITH the focus today on the Nelson Inquiry, it almost slipped under the radar yesterday that something very odd was happening over at the Wright Inquiry. Evidence had been due to be heard yesterday and today from Duncan McLaughlan, the Governor of Maghaberry Prison when Billy Wright was assassinated, but a halt was called to proceedings after the Crown Solicitors Office withdrew legal representation from McLaughlan.

This was after McLaughlan had presented his legal representatives with “significant” new documentation on Sunday which may affect how the evidence of future witnesses, including McLaughlan, is approached and could even lead to witnesses being recalled – clearly implying that there the Inquiry has not been told everything it should have been.

The legal rep for Wright’s father said the development “tends to suggest that there has not been the full cooperation from those involved in the Prison Service that this Inquiry is entitled to expect and which he was assured by Government would be afforded to this Inquiry, and we find this position most unfortunate and quite outrageous”. The chairman agreed it was “unfortunate”, and McLaughlan won’t be giving evidence now probably until June.

  • fair_deal

    “Evidence had been due to be heard yesterday and today from Duncan McLaughlan, the Governor of Maghaberry Prison when Billy Wright was assassinated”

    Correction required Billy Wright was murdered in the Maze Prison not Maghaberry.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    IIRC, Martin Mogg was Maze governor at the time of Wright’s murder, and McLaughlan the governor of Maghaberry. The evidence could, for example, relate to how transfers between the two had occurred.

    So I’m not sure a correction is required.

  • As I recall, McLaughlan was the governor of Maghaberry where the prisoner records of the Maze were stored, and he said quite awhile ago that he had ordered them destroyed.

    Now, it seems, that they had now been found.

    Just gives one a taste of what one can expect from these so-called inquiries – Hell will have frozen over before even the most elementary facts regarding the four are revealed.

    Corrections of all sorts, in short, are required.

  • fair_deal

    D’oh. Apologies. Misread ‘when’ as ‘where’

  • Rory

    Well, well ….curiouser and curiouser.

    We must of course draw no inferences whatsoever from today’s revelations lest we prejudice our minds against any final findings of this inquiry.

    I know that I will not but then I was ever such a good little boy.