26.12.04

IRA2

Omagh police refuse meeting

Dec 26 2004
icCroydon

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission chief Brice Dickson was
refused a meeting with police to discuss their investigation into the
Omagh bomb atrocity, it was revealed.

With the British and Irish Governments under increasing pressure to
agree demands for a full public inquiry into the August 1998 attack
which left 29 people dead, outraged victims' relatives hit out at the
decision to turn down Professor Dickson's request for talks.

He has already examined a number of files compiled by the families
and has also been urged to back their campaign for a full-scale cross-
border judicial hearing.

Godfrey Wilson, whose daughter Lorraine, 15, was killed in the Real
IRA car bombing, said: "The investigation team should be willing to
meet with anyone who is looking for justice and who wants to
safeguard the rights of innocent victims.

"It's crazy they couldn't bring themselves to see him and we are all
very disappointed."

Detectives are to question a Special Branch officer in a bid to trace
the source of a anonymous telephone call which warned of a planned
attack which was to take place in Omagh on the day of the bombing.

He is likely to be interviewed within the next few weeks.

The call was made on August 4 1998, 11 days before Omagh, but the
information claiming that police were going to be attacked was never
passed on by Special Branch to uniformed officers on the ground. The
source of the call has never been identified.

Mr Wilson said: "It seems to me that a cat and mouse game is being
played out and it is taking a terrible toll on people's emotions. It
stinks."

Prof Dickson has renewed his request for a meeting with the inquiry
team which is being headed by Detective Superintendent Norman Baxter.


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