Representatives of the families of the Cappagh Victims have released this statement:
Like many families out there who have lost their loved ones to state agents, the past can never be the past until we have the truth, until we have vindication that these deaths were wrong. We deserve recognition that these horrible acts were perpetrated upon us and that it should never have happened. We, as families have a right to the truth and any denial of this truth is a further act of vengeance on us.
The initial inquest was a white wash! The forensics were deliberately sabotaged. The entire circumstances of the events leading up to the murders at Cappagh were never effectively investigated, despite the hard efforts of the people of Cappagh and Galbally.
Collusion was planned, organised and politically cleared at the highest levels. The British state cultivated these organisations through a variety of agencies. They had a licence to kill which was facilitated by the state. By the time they were murdered, the British state had imbedded its policies of collusion throughout the north.
Our loved ones were murdered in tandem with RUC officers, who were responsible for committing mass murder.
We are on a journey that will not stop until we get the truth that our family members were murdered by the state and their proxies.
It would suit Sinn Féin better if they held these people and their masters accountable rather than elevate them into a position of respectability that they have never earned nor deserve.