The Historical Enquiries Team has admitted overlooking a terror victim during a review of the Shankill bomb two years ago, it is claimed.
Michelle Williamson, whose parents were both killed in the IRA bomb in 1993, made the claim to the News Letter yesterday.
The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) told the News Letter two weeks ago that families who “engaged” with it were given reports about the murder of their loved ones in 2010 and 2011.
Ms Williamson took this as suggesting she had declined to engage with HET, which she strongly denied.
She told the News Letter that HET rang her some four years ago and promised to send an officer to meet her, but that she heard nothing more from them.
Therefore, HET never supplied her with a report about her parents’ deaths.
“Two officers flew in from England to meet us on Wednesday,” she said yesterday. “They said they only did so because of special circumstances, which we understood to mean that it was a high profile case.
“They told us there would be no more meetings until after December 31 when new management takes over.
“We were told that maybe I had been overlooked when they were reviewing the bombing.
They showed me copies of two letters they sent me. They keep bringing the letters up. I would not say I didn’t get them, but they said they would visit me about my parents. The ball was still in their court.
“They told me they were surprised at how few of the Shankill families engaged with them during their investigation. They said only one family had engaged.”
A HET spokesman responded last night that it has started its formal engagement with Ms Williamson and met with her last week.
HET is “more than happy” to continue with the process but has made it clear to her that creating a report about her parents “will take time” in order to address specific questions she may have, he said.
HET wants to ensure that Ms Williamson gets “an effective and informative report which meets her needs” as soon as possible, he added.