The press release states that Colin will not be participating in the HIA (Hart Abuse Inquiry for Northern Ireland)
Talking to Richard Kerr this morning, he informed me that he also would not participate in the HIA. “I feel that the Hart Inquiry could only get to part of the truth about Kincora and the security services, just like every Kincora inquiry over the last 30 years… I want the whole truth to come out, not just part of the truth – anything less would be a betrayal of those boys that lost their lives and the Goddard Inquiry is the only way to get to that truth… There are other witnesses who live in Northern Ireland who don’t feel they can talk to Hart but would talk to Goddard and others with information related to Kincora who live in England which the Northern Ireland Inquiry wouldn’t listen to.”
I’m told by other informed sources that Colin Wallace and Richard Kerr are not the only ‘key figures’ with evidence relating to the Kincora abuse scandal who will not now participate in the HIA.
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry – Statement by Colin Wallace9 April 2016~
“The High Court Judgement will have come as a bitter blow to a great many people, not least of all to the victims of abuse at Kincora and at other homes in Northern Ireland..The harsh reality is that the Government has seen fit to provide the HIA with significantly less powers than the Goddard Inquiry, yet it has provided no cogent reason for why this difference is necessary. That appears to me to me to be manifestly unfair. This discrepancy is all the more significant bearing in mind the total failure of previous Inquiries to uncover the full facts..I have no doubt whatsoever that the members of the HIA are totally committed to establishing the truth about what occurred in Kincora, but I do not believe that this can be achieved without the same legal powers as the Goddard Inquiry. Commitment by itself does not provide answers..I fully accept that most of the really sensitive Intelligence information about Kincora and related matters will have been destroyed years ago, but that should not preclude the HIA from having the powers to compel disclosure, or the attendance of witnesses. As I know from bitter personal experience, expecting Whitehall simply to volunteer ‘sensitive’ information is totally pointless. Also, having been involved in the Saville Inquiry into ‘Bloody Sunday’ I am very conscious that the Government’s approach to that Inquiry was strikingly different – even the former Prime Minister, Edward Heath, was required to attend, give evidence and be cross examined..In addition, the growing amount of evidence – including new revelations about Dr Morris Fraser – which shows strong links between child abuse in Ireland and England, makes the current separation of the two Inquiries a bureaucratic nonsense. Is the sexual abuse of children in London really more significant than the sexual abuse of children in Northern Ireland?.Sadly, in the current circumstances, I feel that no useful purpose would be served by my participation in the HIA. However, I am sure that other members of the Security Forces, including the Intelligence Services, who have knowledge of child abuse in Northern Ireland during the relevant period will make up their own minds about whether or not they should participate in the Inquiry.”