Current Key Documents

List of Issues

The List of Issues below is an important working document for the Inquiry. The present version includes amendments made in response to submissions made on the draft of 12 April 2005. The Inquiry anticipates that the List of Issues will continue to be revised and up-dated during the course of its work and in the light of its examination of the relevant material and of the evidence which it receives.

LIST OF ISSUES
12 May 2005

The Inquiry believes that, in order to discharge the task conferred upon it by the Secretary of State, it will need to consider the following matters:

  1. Did Rosemary Nelson’s work for her clients create conflict with the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), the Army or other state agency, and if so, why and to what extent.
  2. What threats were made to Rosemary Nelson’s personal safety by any persons or organisations; and the nature and extent of, and the reasons for, such threats.
  3. To what extent were the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency notified or otherwise aware of threats to, and concern for, Rosemary Nelson’s personal safety; including the nature, and the likelihood, of a specific attack.
  4. Whether Rosemary Nelson was subject to any adverse behaviour or comments by any persons or organisations, including the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency; and the nature and extent of, and the reasons for such behaviour or comments.
  5. To what extent were the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency notified or otherwise made aware of any other adverse behaviour or comment, to Rosemary Nelson or about her.
  6. To what extent were any complaints made by Rosemary Nelson and/or others, as to her alleged mistreatment by the RUC, investigated by the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency.
  7. To what extent did Rosemary Nelson and/or others acting on her behalf seek assistance from the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency regarding concerns for her personal safety and their reaction thereto.
  8. The response of the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency to any knowledge of threats or adverse behaviour to or about Rosemary Nelson, including the investigation of the same.
  9. The nature and extent of any risk assessments carried out by or on behalf of the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency with regard to Rosemary Nelson’s personal safety, including advice given arising from the same.
  10. The nature, extent and quality of the material on which each such risk assessment was based.
  11. What material relevant to Rosemary Nelson’s personal safety was in the possession of, or available to, the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency prior to Rosemary Nelson’s death.
  12. Rosemary Nelson’s response to any offers of assistance in relation to her personal safety made to her or to others representing her interests.
  13. The circumstances of Rosemary Nelson’s death, including the sequence of events and activities in the vicinity of Rosemary Nelson’s home in the 48 hours preceding her death.
  14. The persons or organisations who are suspected to be directly responsible for Rosemary Nelson’s death.
  15. Whether any person within the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency incited violence against Rosemary Nelson or incited her murder.
  16. How far, if at all, was Rosemary Nelson’s death facilitated by acts or omissions of the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency.
  17. Where responsibility for any such acts or omissions lies.
  18. Whether any such acts or omissions were intentional or negligent.
  19. Whether the investigation into Rosemary Nelson’s death was conducted with due diligence.
  20. Whether the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency obstructed the investigation into her death.
  21. Whether any such obstruction was intentional or negligent.
  22. What procedures did the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency have in place to assess and react to threats and adverse behaviour to an individual, whether reported by that individual or not.
  23. How such procedures have changed and might be improved.
  24. What procedures were in place to record and deal with adverse behaviour or comments if made by members of the RUC towards a detainee about his legal representative.
  25. How such procedures have changed and might be improved.
  26. What structures and procedures were in place to facilitate co-operation between the RUC, NIO, Army or other state agency with regard to any of the matters set out above.
  27. How such procedures have changed and might be improved.
  28. Whether any improvements in Police Service of Northern Ireland police procedures for murder investigations should be implemented in the light of the experience of Rosemary Nelson’s murder investigation.
  29. What other recommendations are appropriate in light of the Inquiry’s findings.

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