Loughall Incident

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 15 December (WA 285), what total amount of damages they have now paid with regard to the case of Kelly and others v the United Kingdom (30054/96) at the European Court of Human Rights; when and to whom; and what they have proposed to the Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg or effected by way of implementation of the judgment.

Photo of Lord Shutt of Greetland Lord Shutt of Greetland Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

With respect to the total amount of damages paid and to whom, I have nothing further to add to the answer provided on 15 December, (Hansard, col. WA 285).

The judgment in the case of Kelly and others v the United Kingdom and related cases did not prescribe the action to be taken by the Government but did require an overall effective investigation into killings by State agents. The previous Government proposed a package of measures designed to ensure this in March 2002. Regular updates have been provided to the Committee of Ministers on the implementation of this package. In the specific case of Kelly and others, an investigation by the Historical Enquiries Team has been the principal remedy which responds to the concerns set out by the Court.

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