Pressure for new inquest on death of Michael Leonard

 

There’s pressure on authorities in Northern Ireland to sanction a fresh inquest into the death of Michael Leonard.

The Donegal man was shot dead by the RUC almost 50 years ago, after a car chase close to the Fermanagh and Donegal border between Pettigo and Belleek on May 17, 1973.

At the time police claimed that Mr Leonard, who was a disqualified driver, had failed to stop when he got into a car after leaving a shop and that a single shot was later fired during a chase.

However, new evidence has contradicted the single shot claim.

Relatives met with Government officials in recent days where they conveyed that a new inquest is necessary.

Local Cllr Michael Naughton also attended the meeting:

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