Journalists behind Loughinisland film have bail extended for another 6 months

BAIL EXTENDED for another six months for journlists behind Loughinisland film No Stone Unturned. Given the allegations of collusion exposed in the film, the disputed source of the complaint to the police, the heavy-handed seizure of evidence beyond the scope of the investigation, and the desire for the police to constrain which aspects of the case can be discussed in public, the police have as many questions to answer as the two journalists whose search for truth and justice uncovered so many embarrassing and hard to explain aspects of the killings and the investigation that followed.

“there is no corresponding organisation to monitor the work of the Ombudsman…”

It’s not just the Republic who has problems with ‘who guards the guards’. There are two worrying stories on the same day concerning the activities of the Police Ombudsman’s office. One concerns a criminal case which the Judge is reported to have said: …failings in the investigation “resulted in it being impossible for the defendants to receive a fair trial”. He said weaknesses in the investigative process meant it “would offend the court’s sense of justice and propriety to be …

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No Stone Unturned – a film that finally lifts the Loughinisland stones the RUC wouldn’t touch

New documentary examining the Loughinisland massacre goes deeper into the evidence that any existing investigations, naming the chief suspects. An exemplar on how to tell an investigative story in a manner which gives dignity to the victims and their families, No Stone Unturned avoids politicisation and politicians, and exposes the messy ‘dirty war’ that was thoroughly intertwined with the paramilitary action during the Troubles.

‘Collusion’ was RUC strategy, not RUC failing: #Loughinisland

State collusion was a ‘significant feature’ in a loyalist gun attack in Loughinisland in June 1994, according to the latest report published today by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. You can read some commentary over at The Detail here, while the publication of the full report is awaited (it is now published here). The timeline of the Loughinisland investigation should be crushingly familiar at this stage. First there was a non-existent RUC investigation, then a flawed report by the Police …

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NI Police Ombudsman: “we have no evidence of a deliberate action…”

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson’s report on the investigation into the murder of 6 people in Loughinisland by the UVF in 1994 has been published.  To the anger of the relatives of those killed. Al Hutchinson’s comments in the UTV report sum up his position, and the problem for those relatives. “The families believe there is broad state collusion, our remit is only to focus on police actions, I have said there no collusion in two incidents and insufficient …

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