Fusiliers Dougald McCaughey, 23, John McCaig, 17, and Joseph McCaig, 18, were drinking in a Belfast bar in 1971 when IRA men befriended them and invited them to meet girls at a party. They were all murdered in the outskirts of Belfast. The vicious killings were to become known as "The Honey-trap Murders".
The London lawyers who successfully brought a civil action which saw four men found liable for the 1998 Omagh bomb has launched a fund-raising appeal for a similar action against the alleged 1971 killers.
Kris McGurk has succeeded in having a motion brought before MSPs which calls on the Scottish government to press for security files on the murders to be released to his legal team for a civil action.
Mr McGurk wrote to MSP John Mason asking him to support and sign the parliamentary motion.
MSP John Mason reportedly replied:
“I recently saw the film ‘No Stone Unturned’ which told the story of six killings in Loughinisland in 1994 apparently by the UVF with collusion by the police and/or the British Army.”
John Mason continued:
“Again there has not been a court case and the victims’ families feel aggrieved.
“Overall I would be happy to support more of the truth from these times coming out and more justice being seen to be done. I would be happy to support a motion in Parliament along these lines. However, this particular motion appears to be a bit one sided as it focuses on victims on one side and does not mention victims on the other side. Therefore, I am not comfortable about supporting it.”
MSP John Mason sparked controversy on this very subject in January 2017 when Twitter user David Scott asked of him: "Those were Scottish soldiers, not taking sides between Scottish soldiers and Irish murderers?"
John Mason controversially replied: "You say Irish murderers. Others say Irish freedom fighters. I support Scottish soldiers if they do good but not if they do bad". MSP John Mason then made an apology - which seemed to be a direct order from SNP HQ:
Following SNP MSP John Mason's letter Mr McGurk said:
“John Mason has again let himself, his constituents and his party down,” he said. “Comparing two separate and totally different shocking atrocities is one thing, but then down right refusing to support two Scottish families in their heartbreaking search for closure and truth is just a whole new level of unbelievable.
“How can this Scottish campaign, deeply affecting Scottish families, for the murder of Scottish soldiers and deeply in the interest of the Scottish public, be something a Scottish MSP refuses to support?
“It is this ignorance from people like John Mason that has, and is still, causing victims to wait decades to have closure and justice served.”
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