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'I'd prefer to know the truth' of Duggan death

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The aunt of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in Tottenham last August sparking the start of the London riots, has said the family hoped an inquest into his death would be held in order to find out the truth about his death.

Carole Duggan was speaking after a coroner was told the inquest may never take place because details of the police operation might have to be kept secret.

She said Mark's family believe that he was "executed on the streets on London by the Metropolitan Police".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are calling for a change in the law so they can provide "meaningful" information about the circumstances in which people die at the hands of the state but Mrs Duggan maintained that this is an obstacle to finding out what happened.

She said that information is being withheld from the family adding that "we are still as in the dark now as we were in the beginning".

"Mark is not here... I'd prefer to know the truth whether it is good or bad," she explained.

Matthew Ryder QC, lead barrister in the case of Ian Tomlinson who died at the G20 protests, said that it is "vital there is an inquest and, if there is not going to be one, it is equally critical that the public is told exactly why".

While he conceded that the public could not know for certain whether the secrecy is due to phone intercept evidence, Mr Ryder called for an "urgent review" into the provision which prevents disclosure and discussion of telephone intercept evidence which he said was "exceptional".

He said that the UK is the "only country in the world which uses this rule and prevents important prosecutions" and the IPCC is right to say that "this rule must go".

"In every other area of sensitive information," he added, "there is enormous deference to the security services and the police in terms of protecting sensitive information... and flexibility in that judges can determine whether certain evidence should be disclosed".

He explained that telephone interceptor evidence is the only type that can not be used in court.

"If the Duggan inquest is stopped as a result [of telephone intercept evidence] it will have very serious consequences".


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