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Ballymurphy families consider case against British Government after probe rejected

Families of those shot dead during a British Army operation in west Belfast are considering a legal challenge against a Government decision to reject an independent re-examination of the 1971 shootings.

NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers today ruled out their call to establish a review panel to assess the evidence related to an episode the relatives refer to as the Ballymurphy massacre, claiming it would not serve the public interest.

John Teggart, whose father Daniel was one of those killed, said the British Government had treated them in a “disrespectful and shameful manner”.

“The families have a message for David Cameron,” he said. “When will you stop harbouring the murderers in the ranks of the British army?

“No-one should be above the law. Are the 11 people who lay in their graves of different worth because they are Irish citizens? We families will not be deterred by this disgraceful decision, in fact we will step up our campaign, shaming your government and your hypocritical policies.

“We will not accept being treated like second-class citizens. Let’s be perfectly clear, you haven’t seen the last of the Ballymurphy families.