Historical Enquiries Team
September 2005 saw the emergence of the HET. Set up to investigate unsolved murders during ‘the troubles’ specifically between 1968 and 1998. The team aims to bring closure to many bereaved families who still have unanswered questions about the death or disappearance of their loved ones.
I’m aware that in 2008 the HET decided to pursue cases connected to the British Army. Since then research has been provided by Patricia Lundy to evidence that the HET treated the interviews with the soldiers differently from other HET cases. She evidenced that soldiers were given better treatment than paramilitaries. There was also a hint that differential treatment was shown to victims and perpetrators, this was identified by Patricia McBride (Victims Commissioner). The related dates for the investigations were 1970 – 1973. Of course these findings are absolutely despicable. For politicians on both sides who would seek to use inquiries to re-write history, these under investigated explorations into the past have a double-edged quality: they can inflict as much damage on them as on their opponents.
Unless there is some kind of overarching truth commission that allows for a full examination of what actually happened over the last four decades, however, we are not foolish enough to think that our government in Stormont and London are prepared to divulge embarrassing and dangerous information.
I’m highlighting this because on 16 March this year is the 30th anniversary of the murder of William Miller by the RUC in Belfast. I would like to ask how people can get the HET to investigate this RUC killing. There seems to be no investigations against RUC. Why can the HET investigate Loughall etc and not accept that they murdered this young man. Maybe there are people out there who can offer ideas into how we can address this matter.