In the UK Michael Maguire, the Police Ombudsman, has published a report into the massacre of six innocent men in a pub, the Heights Bar in 1994, in Loughinisland, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Maguire’s report clearly demonstrates that representatives of the British state colluded in the murders.
The Police Ombudsman probe confirmed that British security forces were guilty of colluding with members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), an extremist Protestant paramilitary group, who were responsible for the actual shooting of the six dead men and the wounding of five others.
The UVF attacked the pub, where the killed men were watching the Republic of Ireland football team playing against Italy in the 1994 World Cup, because it was frequented mainly by Roman Catholics.
A suspect in the massacre was a police informant. Police knew the names of suspects within 24 hours of the attacks, but delayed making arrests. The investigation also found that the gang responsible for the shooting had carried out previous attacks but had avoided arrest because the Royal Ulster Constabulary’s Special Branch withheld evidence. Police informants involved in importing guns into Northern Ireland for use by the UVF were protected by police, and these weapons were found to have been used in 70 murders and attempted murders.
Emma Rogan, whose father Adrian was killed, said after the Ombudsman report was published: “We finally have a report by the Police Ombudsman that at last vindicates our long-held suspicions and belief that the truth about these murders was being covered up by the very people – the police – who were supposed to be protecting us, be on our side and investigate and bring to justice those responsible.”
Niall Murphy, lawyer for the families of the dead men, said: “This report is one of the most damning expositions of state collusion in mass murder that has ever been published.”
Maguire said some Special Branch officers had a “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil” attitude that placed the collection of information above the detection of crime.
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