Peter Madden of Madden & Finucane, representing Martin McCauley, said:

“This is a highly significant announcement by the Director. The Court of Appeal found that both the RUC and the Security Service at the highest level were involved in the destruction of evidence. The Court concluded that it was arguable that the destruction of the tape recordings amounted to a perversion of the course of justice.

“The announcement of new investigations into this 1982 shoot–to-kill incident means that those who were involved in the withholding and destruction of this evidence will be questioned and held accountable, regardless of the fact that the incident took place 32 years ago.

“Independence is an important aspect of investigations such as this and we will be in a better position to comment on this when the investigations get underway.”