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"No state collusion" in Billy Wright murder

The report into the 1997 murder of Billy Wright finds that the state did not collude in his death.

A PUBLIC INQUIRY into the murder of prisoner Billy Wright in the Maze prison in 1997 has found that there was no state collusion in his killing.

The report did however identify a number of serious failings on the part of Northern Ireland’s Prison Service in relation to Wright’s death, RTÉ reports.

The inquiry has taken five years to complete and cost £30m, following a judge ruling there was enough evidence of collusion to warrant a public inquiry.

Read the full report here.

Loyalist Wright was shot by three republican prisoners at the Maze Prison 0n 27 December 1997.

Criticisms

Wright was originally sent to Maghaberry prison but in April 1997 he was transferred to the Maze. The decision to transfer Wright, a high-profile UVF figure, to H Block 6 in April 1997 alongside the INLA prisoners has been criticised.

Poor security at the prison has also been identified as a contributory factor in Wright’s death.

On 27 December 1997 he was shot dead by three INLA men as he was led out to a van for a visit with his girlfriend.

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