THE family of a Lurgan man, Sam Marshall, murdered in highly controversial circumstances in March 1990, are to launch a book next week detailing hitherto unknown details about the killing.
The book will be formally launched on Wednesday, March 7, to coincide with the 22nd anniversary of Mr Marshall’s murder.
A vigil is also to be held on the spot where Mr Marshall was gunned down.
A family spokesperson said: “From the time our brother Sam was murdered in 1990, we have always believed that there had been some form of state involvement in his death.
“As a result of information and facts concerning Sam’s killing which we have discovered in recent times, we are now convinced that members of British state forces, including British military intelligence and the Special Branch, were directly involved in the planning and commission of his murder.
“The book reveals new facts to support that view. It will reveal evidence exposing the full extent of the British surveillance operation which was in place at the actual time of our brother’s murder.
“Many people will undoubtedly be shocked when they learn just how close members of an undercover British military unit were to Sam when he was shot. Indeed, we have no doubt that many people will be asking why those undercover British soldiers did not intervene to protect Sam or to apprehend his killers”
The family spokesperson added, “This book will also reveal how the most senior ranking members of the RUC and British government ministers lied, not only to our family but to the wider community and the press, about Sam’s murder.”
“Indeed, the book exposes the existence of an official state cover-up marked by British duplicity, deception and denial which began in 1990 and which continues to the present day.
“It also directly links Sam’s murder to four other murders and one attempted murder in the Lurgan, Portadown and Dungannon area.”
Concluding the spokesperson said, “Over two decades on from his death in 1990, no inquest has ever been held into Sam’s murder.
“Our family are of the firm belief that this book about Sam’s murder contains compelling new evidence which places a firm onus on the Coroner and on John Larkin as the Attorney General to order a full and open inquest into all the circumstances surrounding the murder of our brother.”
Prior to the formal book launch next Wednesday evening, the Marshall family will be holding a short vigil and remembrance ceremony at Kilmaine Street in the town.
The vigil and ceremony will start at 7.30pm to coincide with the actual time of Sam Marshall’s murder at 7.35pm on that same night and date in 1990.