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The Robert Hamill Inquiry

DATE: 17 Aug 2009

Junior Counsel to the Inquiry, led by Ashley Underwood QC. This £34 million Inquiry was instigated on 16th November 2004.  Its terms of reference were to inquire into the death of Robert Hamill, a Catholic man who died following a sectarian incident in Portadown in April 1997, with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by the Royal Ulster Constabulary facilitated his death, or obstructed the investigation of it; whether any such act was intentional, or negligent; whether the investigation of his death was carried out with due diligence, and to make recommendations.  The Inquiry completed its final report on 25th February 2011 and recommended that certain persons be prosecuted in relation to the incidents surrounding Mr Hamill’s death.  The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has acted on those recommendations, and the report will not be published until the outcome of the prosecutions (17 August – 30 November 2009).