Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson
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Paterson: Failings in system facilitated Wright murder

An inquiry into the killing of a notorious Loyalist prisoner in Northern Ireland thirteen years ago has found no evidence of state collusion in his murder. The report said the shooting of Billy Wright by Republican gunmen inside the Maze prison in 1997 was facilitated by the negligent way in which the jail was managed.

The family of Wright one of the most notorious Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland had claimed he was a victim of collusion between prison authorities and the security services.

The inquiry's findings were announced to the House of Commons by the Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Paterson. He said failings in the system facilitated Billy Wrights murder.

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