From the Morning Star British Squaddies ‘had a licence to kill and licence to lie,’ Ballymurphy Massacre inquest hears.
British soldiers “had a licence to kill and a licence to lie,” a Belfast court heard today as the army was accused of covering up the truth about innocent civilians shot dead in a three-day killing spree nearly 50 years ago.
The final day of a lengthy and much-delayed inquest into the deaths of 10 people gunned down in the Ballymurphy area of West Belfast in August 1971 heard statements from the legal teams of both the families and Britain’s Ministry of Defence.
The families of the victims and survivors have led a dignified quest for justice, hampered by the loss of key evidence and refusals to testify while they and their loved ones were falsely smeared as “terrorists.”
Michael Mansfield QC for the families insisted that the Paratroop Regiment “deliberately killed” 19-year-old Noel Philips and tried to plant bullets on 44-year-old Danny Teggart.
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