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Belfast judge calls on UK to investigate Omagh bombing


A high court judge in Belfast has recommended the UK government undertake a human rights compliant investigation into the Omagh bombing, and urged the Irish government to do likewise, after finding there was a “real prospect” the Real IRA attack in 1998 could have been prevented.

Mr Justice Horner told Belfast high court: “I am satisfied that certain grounds when considered separately or together give rise to plausible allegations that there was a real prospect of preventing the Omagh bombing.

“These grounds involve, inter alia, the consideration of terrorist activity on both sides of the border by prominent dissident terrorist republicans leading up to the Omagh bomb.

“I am therefore satisfied that the threshold under article 2 ECHR [European Convention on Human Rights] to require the investigation of those allegations has been reached.”

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