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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Film star Neeson urges help for families of 'disappeared'

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

Lesley-Anne McKeown

HOLLYWOOD star Liam Neeson says the families of the so-called disappeared were living in a cruel and inhumane limbo.

In an appeal for information about the whereabouts of seven IRA murder victims, the 'Star Wars' and 'Taken' actor said their relatives had endured decades of unthinkable torment.

"The pain caused by the murder of a relative is unimaginable.

"The pain of not knowing where that murdered relative has been secretly buried and the family denied the chance to properly grieve is almost unbearable," Ballymena-born Neeson said.

Seventeen people – 16 men and one woman – were kidnapped, killed and secretly buried by republican paramilitaries during the Troubles.

To date, the remains of 10 people have been found after details were given to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains, which was set up by the British and Irish governments after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Irish Independent

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