The Attorney General has been asked to order a fresh inquest into the killing of an IRA man shot dead in Creggan 40 years ago during Operation Motorman.
The call was made by the family of Seamus Bradley, a Creggan teenager who was shot at the Bishop’s Field in the estate on July 31 1972 as thousands of British soldiers launched a major military operation to retake the ‘no go’ areas of Free Derry. He was a member of the IRA but was unarmed when he was shot.
An investigation by the Historical Enquiries Team found that the teenager’s death was not properly investigated at the time and that the soldiers involved were not properly interviewed. The soldiers were interviewed by military police rather than the RUC.
In a letter to the Attorney General, Ms Anderson claims that the lack of an investigation is a breach of human rights legislation. “Until recently it was said that Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights, the Right to Life, did not apply if an incident took place before 2000 when the Human Rights Act came into force. However, as you know that has been since effectively challenged by European and Supreme Court rulings which means there can be retrospective applications,” she said.
The MEP also called directly on the Attorney General to call a fresh inquest. “As Attorney General you have the power to refer such a case as Seamus’ to the Coroners’ Court. Given HET’s findings that there was not an effective investigation into Seamus’ case and given that this makes it a clear-cut violation of Article 2, I ask that you use the powers invested in you to refer Seamus’ case to the Coroners’ Court for a full inquest,” she said.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan also attended the press conference and expressed his support to the Bradley family.