‘One of the many forgotten victims of the conflict’ - PFC

The late Thomas Friel.

The late Thomas Friel.

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Significant new moves to uncover the truth about the rubber bullet murder of Thomas Friel in 1973 have been welcomed by his sister, Margaret Nash.

The controversial case is back in the spotlight after damning papers proved the British government tried to conceal the weapon’s lethal nature. Paul O’Connor of the Pat Finucane Centre, spoke of the “major implications” of the papers, “we have already seen in last week’s preliminary inquest into the death of Francis Rowntree, where the Coroner has now ordered the MoD to disclose the Moore documents. Now, we are seeing it in the case of Thomas Friel - one of the many forgotten victims of the conflict,” Mr O’Connor said.

Thomas Friel’s sister, Margaret Nash, said it was “brilliant” news. “If the PFC hadn’t found those documents, then no-one would ever have known what they were up to. We want the truth,” she said.