Northern Ireland

Nelson family 'vindicated' over inquiry call

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Media captionEunan Magee: ''The overriding emotion is one of great sadness that Rosemary is no longer with us''

The family of Rosemary Nelson has said it feels it has been vindicated in asking for an inquiry into her killing.

The inquiry found state agencies did not directly collude with loyalists who murdered the Lurgan solicitor in 1999.

However, it said that it could not exclude the possibility that a rogue member of the security forces had been involved.

Mrs Nelson's brother Eunan Magee said the family were at odds with the Secretary of State's report summary.

"We feel vindicated in asking for a public inquiry," he said.

"We feel justified in that what we have been saying all these years has proven to be right.

"However the overriding emotion is one of great sadness because Rosemary is no longer with us.

"We have seen many aspects in this report that are at odds with Owen Paterson's summary, we hope people will draw their own conclusions."

'Inescapable fact'

Mr Magee said the "inescapable fact" was that his sister's life was threatened "and the response from the authorities was wholly inadequate and inefficient".

He said he "did not believe collusion was ever going to be mentioned in the report".

Mr Magee said he hoped charges would be brought against his sister's killers in the future.

Mrs Nelson's husband Paul said he was "deeply saddened" to read that the conduct of some RUC officers had the effect of legitimising his wife as a target in the eyes of loyalist terrorists.

He said the inquiry vindicated his wife's belief that elements of the RUC were unable to identify her as a professional lawyer and distinguish her from the alleged crimes and causes of her clients.

"On behalf of myself and my children, I would like to thank those people and organisations that have helped to bring (about) this inquiry, especially my legal team," he added.