Brady concerned over loss of Miami massacre evidence

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Friday, September 25th, 2015
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Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said he is deeply concerned that the PSNI has lost instruments held as evidence into the Miami Showband Massacre. Mickey BradyThe Sinn Féin MP wrote to the PSNI asking about the whereabouts of the instruments after he was approached by surviving members of the band at a memorial service held on the 40th anniversary of the attack. Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr replied to Brady to say the instruments had been lost. “The revelation that these instruments have been lost, or are claimed to be lost, is a cause of grave concern,” Brady said. “Not only do they hold immense sentimental value for the families and friends of those killed in the attack but surely they are vital pieces of forensic evidence. It is of particular concern that such evidence would go missing in a case where loyalist collusion with state forces is not merely suspected but is undeniable. “The Assistant Chief Constable’s excuse that the instruments have gone missing through ‘asbestos contamination and bomb attacks on police establishments’ sounds vague and flimsy,” he insisted. “Surely such evidence is tagged and tracked. Surely there is some sort of paper trail. Can the Assistant Chief Constable tell us in which bomb attack was the evidence destroyed? Or where was it being held when it had to be removed due to asbestos? “Such haphazard handling of evidence could perhaps be passed off as incompetence in any ordinary case but in one where collusion is an undeniable fact it hints at something more sinister. Brady added, “Unfortunately, like many of the revelations we have seen surrounding collusion over the years, this latest one raises more questions than answers. I am calling on the Assistant Chief Constable to clarify his statements in this letter and provide more information on the last known whereabouts of these instruments.”

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