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Loughinisland case to be reheard before new judge

A legal challenge to a Police Ombudsman's ruling of collusion in the Loughinisland killings will be reheard before a new judge.

On 26th January Mr Justice McCloskey rejected that he held a “subconscious bias” as he had previously been involved in a similar case against the Ombudsman's office as a barrister who acted for police officers.  However he agreed to step aside to ensure relatives of the victims had confidence in the final outcome,

"Our legal system will not have served the families well if they are not given the opportunity of having this case heard by a differently constituted court."

In the 2016 Ombudsman’s report, the Ombudsman Dr Maguire found that Royal Ulster Constabulary officers colluded in the UVF gun attack on six catholic men in a village pub in Loughinisland.

Two retired officers took judicial review proceedings against the report’s findings and Judge McCloskey found in their favour in December 2017.

Read an article from The Irish Times here and from the Belfast Telegraph here.

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