Republican News · Thursday 26 October 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Fullerton murder inquiry call

Mary Nelis, Sinn Féin human rights spokesperson, has supported the call of the family of Eddie Fullerton for a full public inquiry into his death. ``From evidence available, Councillor Fullerton's killing had almost certainly been sanctioned at a high level within the British military establishment,'' she said.

She added that the need for a full inquiry has become more relevant with the disclosure that one of the GardaÍ at the scene of the crime is now part of an investigation into alleged Garda corruption in Donegal.

Eddie Fullerton's killing in May 1991 bore all the hallmarks of a political assassination and was one of a series totalling 168 which were carried out over a four-year period. The guns used in many of these killings had been part of a consignment of weaponry brought in from South Africa with the assistance of British Intelligence agents. The most prominent of these was Brian Nelson, the UDA's intelligence officer.

At the time of his arrest, Nelson had the names and personal details of over 360 nationalists and republicans in his possession, some of whom had already been killed. Before his arrest, Nelson was engaged in an operation to identify and select targets in the 26 Counties at the request of his handlers.

The gun used to kill the Donegal councillor was part of the South African consignment. The RUC later confirmed that the weapon had been also been used to kill four workmen in Castlerock.

``While it appears that the Stevens' inquiry has made a significant breakthrough in obtaining secret documents relating to collusion in the deaths of many people in the north, the Dublin government also has a duty to investigate those killed in its own jurisdiction,'' said Nelis, who is currently seeking a meeting with Dublin's Minister of Justice.

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