McCartney backs family

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has called on the Metropolitan Police to immediately release the files on the death of Derry man Sammy Devenny.

Mr Devenny was severely beaten by RUC officers in his home in 1969 and died from his injuries a short time later.

“The family of Sammy Devenny has been searching for the truth about the death of their father for nearly forty five years,” Mr McCartney said.

“The family applied for files related to the inquiry carried out in 1970 into the killing by the Metropolitan Police with a freedom of information request through the Pat Finucane Centre only to be told that the files had been reclassified in 2012.

“This decision by the Metropolitan Police to refuse to release documentation of Sammy Devenny for another 8 years due to public interest is unacceptable. The family deserve access to the truth and the files and as was recently stated in the Haass proposals families should not be forced into searching for the truth.”