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Miami Showband Murders: Files Delay ‘Appalling’, Says Judge

A high court judge has criticised the police for not disclosing documents in an alleged collusion case about the Miami Showband murders in 1975. Three members of the band were killed by loyalists in a bomb and gun attack when their bus was stopped near Newry. Victims of the attack are suing the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). They say there was collaboration between the killers and serving soldiers.

On Friday 24th January 2020, Justice Maguire said delays in receiving the material from the PSNI were “appalling” and he warned he may strike out their defence to the claim. “This case has been going on since 2012, and we are at a stage in 2020 where the obligation of discovery on the police service has not been complied with. The court seems to be getting the runaround. It makes me angry (and) shows so much disrespect to the court.”

Read more: BBC News, https://is.gd/dL8I3W

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