Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dunblane inquiry documents to be released

The BBC is reporting that the files relating to Lord Cullen's inquiry into the Dunblance massacre are going to be released to the public. This overturns the 100 year restriction on their release which was imposed at the time of the inquiry.

There have been all sorts of allegations bouncing about the internet about why the murderer Thomas Hamilton was able to retain his firearms licence despite his background as a paedophile being well known. Among the accusations made is that he was a freemason who was protected by his fellows in Central police or that he traded pornography with officers in return for protection. See for example this.

The documents which have are to be released have been edited to ensure that they do not identify any of the victims. Additionally however documents have been released so as not to distress the relatives.

With my suspicious mind this strikes me as grounds for the Lord Advocate to withhold documents embarrassing to the authorities.