Suspension of Claudy investigation is “latest betrayal families have faced”

The main street in Claudy after the 1972 bombing.
The main street in Claudy after the 1972 bombing.

Amnesty International say the suspension of the police investigation into the 1972 bombing is the latest “betrayal the families have faced.”

The PSNI met with victims’ relatives last Friday and informed them they had completed their inquiries as part of a review and would not be continuing their probe.

Some of the families have since began legal action against the PSNI, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and the Catholic Church.

Gordon Miller, who lost his father David in the Claudy bombings, and is one of the people bringing the legal action said: “It is now 41 years since that dreadful day, and despite numerous meetings with the police, we are no further forward in our quest for truth and justice, and have not received any updates as to how the terrorists were being sought out within the police investigations.”

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International UK, said the “announcement that yet another investigation is being abandoned is just the latest betrayal the Claudy families have faced.”

“They simply want the truth about what happened that terrible day, and to know why those responsible weren’t brought to justice,” he said.

“Instead all they have been given is a series of narrow, inadequate investigations, each of which has caused further delay and confusion.

“This is a damning indictment of the complete failure of the piecemeal and hopelessly inadequate approach to dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.

Amnesty published a report in September, which found that the patchwork system of investigation that has been established in the North has proven inadequate for the task of establishing the truth about human rights violations and abuses committed by all sides during the three decades of political violence.

The human rights group continues to call for a comprehensive mechanism to be set up to review the conflict as a whole, establish the truth about outstanding human rights violations and determine responsibility.

It says such a mechanism would be an important step towards ending impunity for human rights violations and abuses and could contribute towards ending societal division.