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Prison 'turned blind eye' to Wright murder plot

The murder of loyalist leader Billy Wright was the result of serious failings by the prison service, not state collusion, an inquiry has found.

Wright, the head of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF), was shot dead inside the Maze prison by republican prisoners in December 1997.

His family believe he was a victim of collusion between prison authorities, the security services and police.

But the report said his murder happened because of negligence, not intention.

Christopher "Crip" McWilliams, one of the Irish National Liberation Army gunmen who shot Wright, told Newsnight in an exclusive interview 10 years ago how he believed the authorities had "turned a blind eye" to the murder.

Watch the full Newsnight film from November 2000 here.

Originally broadcast on 21 November 2000.

Liz Mackean will report on the Billy Wright inquiry on Newsnight on Tuesday 14 September 2010 at 2230 on BBC Two.


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