Bradley and Eames in collusion talks
The former vice-chair of the Policing Board, Denis Bradley has held talks with Lord Stevens in London last week to discuss collusion between state forces and loyalist death squads.
It is understood that Mr. Bradley spent four days in London with the former Church of Ireland Primate, Lord Eames. In June the pair were appointed by the then Secretary of State, Peter Hain, to find the best way to address the legacy of the Troubles.
The meeting with Lord Stevens, the author of three reports into claims of collusion between the British Army, the RUC, and loyalist paramilitaries, was described as "productive."
In his third report, published in 2003, the former head of the Metropolitan police reported that he had found evidence of collusion between state forces and the UDA resulting in the murder of innocent nationalists during the 1970s and 1980s. Much of the information collected by Lord Stevens during his 18 year investigation has not been made available to the public.
It is also believed that Mr. Bradley and Lord Eames also met with members of the inquiry team who assisted Lord Stevens in compiling his reports.
The meetings in London are part of a year-long series of discussion between Mr Bradley and Lord Eames and various parties in an effort to find a means of supporting victims of the Troubles.
Yesterday, Mr Bradley and Lord Eames met with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the PSNI's Historical Enquires Team in Armagh. The Historical Enquires Team is the body responsible for investigating more than 1,800 unsolved murders of the Troubles.
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