Families of people allegedly killed by an Army undercover unit have been told former members of the unit who appeared on TV admitted no crimes.

The PSNI investigation has found none of the men featured “admitted any criminal act or being involved in any of the incidents portrayed”.

In a statement, the PSNI said: “Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have studied the contents of a BBC Panorama programme broadcast last year into the activities of the MRF.

“Although there does not appear to be any admission to criminality by individuals featured in the programme, it will form part of an HET review into all deaths linked to soldiers.
“This review will begin when HET resumes its work in the near future.”

Solicitor Padraig Ó Muirigh represents families who believe their relatives were killed by the MRF. He said police should further investigate the soldiers’ claims.

“They very openly and brazenly admitted that they were in a terror gang, that they acted outside the rule of law, that they also acted outside of the yellow card rule,” he said. “They also admitted being involved in fatal incidents in which people may not have been armed.