A CRITICAL report into the way the Historical Enquires Team investigated Army killings during the Troubles is to be discussed by the Policing Board.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on Wednesday ddescribed the HET’s approach as “illegal and untenable”.
NI Chief Constable Matt Baggott ordered the review following criticism of the HET in a University of Ulster report.
The HMIC said the HET investigated some cases with “less vigour than others”.
HARK: Northern Ireland Human Rights Initiative
Stephen McConomy was 11 years old when he was killed by a plastic bullet fired by the British Army along Fahan Street, Bogside, Derry.
Julie Livingston, 14 years old, was killed by a plastic bullet fired by the British Army while walking along Stewartstown Road, Suffolk, Belfast.
Stephen Geddis died at 10 years old after being shot by a plastic bullet fired by the British Army near his home in Divis Flats, Belfast.
Francis Rowntree died at only 11 years old after being shot by a plastic bullet fired by the British Army near his home in Belfast.
“Is there any one amongst you
Dare to blame it on the kids?
Not a soldier boy was bleeding
When they nailed the coffin lids!”
- The HET report (eurofree3.wordpress.com)
- Army killings to be re-examined after Troubles murder probe criticised (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Northern Ireland’s killings review team criticised in report (irishtimes.com)
- Troubles murders probe criticised (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- HET risks losing confidence of victims’ families, says report (newsletter.co.uk)
- HET treated state cases differently (bbc.co.uk)
- “the #HET did not act legally in examining state killings” (sluggerotoole.com)