15 Nov 2012
NI’s senior coroner John Leckey (l) said Mr Larkin (r) may have exceeded his powers
Inquests ordered by NI Attorney General John Larkin into 14 controversial killings have been suspended.
Northern Ireland’s senior coroner John Leckey said Mr Larkin may have exceeded his powers by ordering the hearings.
They include the death of Francis Rowntree, 11, who was hit by a rubber bullet fired by a soldier in 1972.
A preliminary hearing into the circumstances of his death was due to begin in Belfast on Thursday.
Mr Leckey, however, announced that the hearing and a number of other inquests were being adjourned because of potential national security concerns.
He told the court the attorney general may have overstretched his powers and may not have had the legal authority to order the new inquests.
The coroner has referred the matter to Northern Ireland Secretary of State Teresa…
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