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Purvis assurance on 'UVF threat'
The police letter informing Mr Thompson of the threat
The police letter informing Mr Thompson of the threat
Progressive Unionist Party leader Dawn Purvis has questioned the credibility of threats against individuals said to have come from the UVF.

Mark Thompson, the director of victims' group, Relatives for Justice was among those visited by police at the weekend.

He was warned of a "significant and substantial" threat to his life.

But Ms Purvis said she had sought assurances that there was no threat. "I talked to Mark and assured him that he was not under threat from the UVF."

She added: "Under human rights legislation the PSNI are obliged to inform individuals if their details are found.

"After talking to the PSNI I understand their intelligence suggests that the individuals concerned are not under any threat.

"Certainly I have sought assurances that there's no threat from any organisation to any of these individuals and I have been given those assurances."

I have sought assurances that there's no threat from any organisation to any of these individuals and I have been given those assurances
Dawn Purvis
PUP leader

Earlier, Mr Thompson said he was taking the threat very seriously.

"I would see this in the context of the work that Relatives for Justice and myself are doing, particularly over this past number of months, in which we have been working with a range of families across the community, particularly within the unionist community," Mr Thompson said.

"They are providing sensitive information to us in relation to the murder of their loved ones.

"This takes us into a terrain that we have never been into, in terms of some of that information."

In a statement, Amnesty International said it deplored the death threat made to Mr Thompson.

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director said: "It is vital that those working to expose human rights abuses are able to do so free from harassment and threats to their life."

Relatives for Justice is a Belfast-based support group working with and providing support to relatives of people bereaved and injured in the Troubles.

The group works primarily with people whose relatives have died in disputed circumstances where there are allegations of state collusion.


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