RUC/PSNI decision on MRF shootings ‘travesty of justice’ – PFC

Press release

13th May 2014

THE decision by the RUC/PSNI not to fully investigate shootings carried out by the secret plainclothes British army unit, the Military Reaction Force, is a ‘travesty of justice’ according to the PFC.


Following a BBC Panorama programme broadcast in 2013 the Director of Public Prosecutions asked the RUC/PSNI to investigate the activities of this undercover squad, one of whom, Clive Williams, is now living under an assumed name in Australia.

RUC/PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris has now written to the Prosecution Service to claim that the,

“RUC/PSNI is of the view that none of the men featured have admitted to any criminal act or to have been involved in any of the incidents portrayed in this programme.”

Padraig O’Murigh, solicitor for the families of the two men (that is known) murdered by the MRF, Daniel Rooney and Patrick Mc Veispin below, told Radio Foyle that he was ‘not surprised’ and that it appeared that the RUC/PSNI had not even bothered to interveiw the undercover former British army soldiers featured in the programme.

The PFC and Justice for the Forgotten supplied declassed documents from Kew to the Panorama team and last year published a report on undercover units including the MRF availabe at: – We also have been in contact with the solicitor for the families and are supporting their efforts to alert Australian authorities to the implications of the Panorama programme for Clive Williams.

The RUC/PSNI decision reinforces our long held view that the RUC/PSNI cannot under any circumstances be trusted to carry out impartial, independent investigations into so-called ‘legacy or historic’ cases. The RUC/PSNI is institutionally incapable of investigating killings and shootings carried out by an army unit that was operating in support of the RUC and whose activities in the early seventies were covered up by the criminal justice system  at all levels including the police. Any rigorous RUC/PSNI investigation would raise serious questions about the origional RUC investigation.

There are declassified documents which show extensive correspondence between the then DPP and the Attorney General following the ‘misaken’ arrest of a MRF unit which had just carried out a random gun attack on civilians. We would therefore urge PPS Director Barra Mc Grory to demand access to all the files held by the prosecution service on the MRF since it is clear that the RUC/PSNI is unlikely to open its files on the matter.

The Haass recommendation that an independent investigative unit should be created led by a figure with no links to the RUC/PSNI is the only way to resolve these issues. RUC/PSNI involvement in this ongoing cover-up is doing huge damage to the public confidence in current policing.


Contact Paul O’Connor 02871 268846 or Margaret Urwin 003531 8554300 (author of Counter-Gangs: a history of undercover military units in Northern Ireland 1971-1976)



THERE HAS Been much discussion in recent weeks about how society veiwed serious crimes back in the 1970’s and the role of those who were in authority.

Comparisons have been drawn between the Child-abuse scandal in the catholic church and the actions of paraamiltary organisations which killed and maimed childern or deprived them of a parent through the use of violence. While some have argued that the 1970’s wer a time when society was changing and accepted practices and views were being challenged, it was also true that important issues were handled in a way which would be utterly unthinkable today.

Evidence of this has come from the family of 13- year – old Martha Ann Campbell, shot dead as she walked to a friends house in Ballymurphy, West Belfast, on May 14th 1972. Gunfire came from the direction of Moyard flats and the schoolgirl was hit by a stray bullet. She was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.This young girl was one of the 496 People to die during 1972, the bloodest year of the the Troubles.

Given the turmoil om the streets, with hardly a day passing without news of another death and bombings and shootings a frequent occurrence, it is not surprising that the legal aythorities struggled to cope. However, even during those dark times it was reasomable to expect that the murder of an innocent child would merit some form of a Police probe, with an effort made to take statements, talk to witnesses or collect intelegence reports and forensic evidence.Yet again the indications are that when the Historical Enquiries Team looked into Marthas death/murder there was no information on the case it beggers beleif what the then RUC were at.

Even 40 years on it seems increadible that no RUC investigation was carried out into the shooting of a child on a Belfast street. The HET has tried to uncover details about this murder and they did not find out one new piece of information. However, investigators have been left with little to go on and without fresh informationthey are unable to make further progress. The Campbell Family are desperate to find out the full circumstances of Martha’s death. Her Mother, Betty Campbell, is now 86-years-old and says, with considerable justification, that Martha is a forgotten victim of the Troubles.Four decades have passed since her daughter was murdered but this mother has carried the pain of her loss every single day.

Martha Campbell will be remembered during a service, Procession and plaque unveiling on Monday( Today) 14th May. Mrs Campbell said that finding out what happened to her daughter would be like & I quote ” winning the lottery”. This Mother deserves to know the full circumstances of her daughters death. It is not to late for anyone who knows knows somthing that can provide even the smallest amount of information or insight must come forward and ease this familys anguish and pain.


Now the next extract is just a little bit from myself and also a few story’s that I have come across in recent days that I also believe are quite relevant to the above case so read on & sure you can let me know if you agree with me or not thank you for listening.SOMEONE OUT THERE MUST KNOW SOMETHING & I WOULD URGE THEM FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALLOW THIS OLD LADY THE DIGNITY & RESPECT SHE DESERVES IN HER OLD AGE. PLEASE IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL HOW LITTLE SMALL PLEASE COME FORWARD.

Now this is part of a story I came across most recently the person speaking go’s by the name of wither true or not I cannot say but the debate was started over the following drawing !

FROM Richard McHarg: 

IRELAND is aalways an emotive subject, particularly in Scotland. Looking at things from a British veiwpoint, it would be easy to assign the label of  ” TERRORIST ” to the PIRA and IN LA.

At the time i was there , I did. Looking back at it from a Nationalist Irish perspective, these people represented centuries of frustration and fear. Britain, as well as the Unionist Community in N. Ireland, have treated them badly, and it could be said that the English and British State Forces employed terrorism to crush Irish resistance, historically treating the Irish as subhuman, simply because they were largely catholic. I won’t condone the killings of non-combatants but the Police  and the army were legitimate targets, and in many ways, Political assassinations have always been a method of advancing both Political  and military aims. I knew the risks as a British solider, and so did the guys in the PI RA and the IN LA . I saw the way the RUC occasionally treated people in the catholic communities and i was ashamed as a British solider over there providing fire-support for what was, unprovoked, aggression, masquerading as an interview”. I did wonder if i was supporting a national Police force or a protestant police force the then RUC. I’m also aware that many on the Nationalist side used criminal activities to their own gain and end. I was also involved in a number of pursuits as a consequence, It is not black & white by any means. People who feel oppressed will fight back, and it isn’t pretty by any means ! but for the record, my family are Presbyterian’s.

ANSWER:  From Anthony Waldron.

Sub-human because they were Irish not because they were catholic the English treated them like that when the English first came to Ireland back in the 1170’s ( The English themselves were also catholic at that point in history) the Irish were seen as savages & barbarians.

ANSWER: Richard McHarg

That is true Anthony, just as our own Gael’ s  were in Scotland.

ANSWER: Margaret J F Macjsaac 

I think that is were the deeper understanding comes from, we are Gael’s and therefore a threat so therefore to be extinguished. So to fight back is terrorism…. but that is depending what side you are on and who is doing the recording of

History….( CoS Family)….

Conversation ends. 

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