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|Victims' parents meet at debate |
(about 17 hours later)
Alleged police collusion with loyalist paramilitaries is to be raised later in an assembly debate on the 1997 UVF murder of Raymond McCord Jr.
It was one of a series of murders blamed last year by ex-Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan on a UVF gang given immunity as Special Branch informers.
The SDLP motion to be debated "applauds the work of the McCord family's campaign for justice".
The family of murdered south Armagh man Paul Quinn are expected to attend.
His father, Stephen Quinn, said they had a lot in common with Raymond McCord Sr, and "looked forward to hearing about his campaign for truth and justice following the brutal murder of his son".
|Paul Quinn, 21, from Cullyhanna, died last October after being attacked and beaten at a shed near Castleblayney in County Monaghan.||Paul Quinn, 21, from Cullyhanna, died last October after being attacked and beaten at a shed near Castleblayney in County Monaghan.|
His family blame members of the IRA and say he had defied an order to leave the country. Sinn Fein reject any republican involvement in the murder.
Raymond McCord Jnr was beaten to death by the UVF on 9 November 1997.
The 22-year-old had been a member of the organisation and is also said to have had some involvement in drugs.
SDLP assembly member Alban Maginness said Mr McCord had "fearlessly pursued the cause of justice for his murdered son for over 10 years".
He said he hoped "all parties in the Assembly will back our motion and send out a strong united message that truth and justice for victims and survivors remains paramount".