‘Information key to achieving justice for families of the disappeared’ – Bradley

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley has spoken in advance of an Assembly debate today on ‘The disappeared’.

Speaking to Newry Times, he said:

“I am deeply concerned that 40 years have passed since the first abduction of one of the disappeared and despair that seven families have been denied the opportunity to bury their loved ones.

“These families have maintained their dignity despite great emotional turmoil. I fully support the work of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (“ICLVR”) and their attempts to find justice for the families of the disappeared.

Bradley continued, “The task of the ICLVR is extremely difficult and involves sensitivity to the families. There is a great need for accurate information from whatever source and will ultimately determine whether a family will receive relief from the long wait for the return of a loved one.

“The ICLVR may not disclose the identity of an informant nor any information likely to lead to the identification of an informant. Any information or evidence found would be inadmissible in criminal proceedings, so people should not fear coming forward.

He added, “I would like every political party to join me in appealing to those who have information about the location of any of the disappeared to bring that information to the ICLVR as soon as possible.

“I hope that this debate will focus minds on the need for fresh information and that it will prompt those with influence to reconnect with those who have information and urge them to bring forward that information.

“Time is of the essence to the families, and God knows, they have waited long enough.”

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