Victims might sue republicans

Willie Frazer says that victims  have investigated suing republicans such as Slab Murphy, whose border property is above.   Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker
Willie Frazer says that victims have investigated suing republicans such as Slab Murphy, whose border property is above. Picture: Conor Greenan/Pacemaker

Nationalist and republican families are to sue members of the UVF and the state in relation to the killing of their loved ones.

Such legal actions are something we have been contemplating, but against republicans. We have been holding back until we had exhausted all legal avenues of possible prosecution.

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We do see that the majority of these other families are seemingly not interested in prosecution but compensation and perhaps holding the state to account in so-called collusion cases.

We wish them all the best in their endeavours but they will find that few loyalist paramilitaries have large assets compared to republicans.

Several years ago we tried to issue a writ on Slab Murphy but due to resources we were not able to pursue it. That has changed and legal representatives have told us they will take on a no win no fee case against known republicans who we can identify as being involved in violent crime, for example Kingsmill. If we were successful victims could end up owning half of South Armagh as over the years republicans have made massive amounts of money through crime.

We believe we can now directly connect high-profile republicans to a number of murders who have become rich through blood money. We are not relying on hearsay or possibilities but clear evidence.

It is unfortunate that victims of loyalist violence cannot make a statement regarding their loved ones without trying to demonise the RUC, UDR and British Army.

It is quite obvious there is an agenda to demonise the security forces more than getting justice. The police and security forces did their best to try to contain the threat of terrorism.

That doesn’t mean mistakes were not made but this does not justify a continuous lambasting of the men and women who risked their lives to protect the community.

Perhaps if nationalist victims were not so concentrated on a political goal they would get more sympathy and support from the unionist community.

We support everyone’s right to justice but if we all start down this road of suing people I think the republican community will be a lot poorer by the time we are finished.

William Frazer, Spokesman FAIR