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Lewis to be challenged over 'failure' to implement Stormont House agreement

Secretary of State Brandon Lewis is to be challenged in court for `failing' to implement the Stormont House Agreement. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire

SECRETARY of State Brandon Lewis is to be challenged in court for "failing" to implement the Stormont House Agreement.

A lawyer acting for Thomas Braniff, whose father David was killed by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989, said judicial review proceedings are over proposals for dealing with the past in the 2014 accord - which have not been implemented.

The family say the case was not reviewed by the now defunct Historical Enquiries Team and been with the PSNI's Legacy Investigation Branch since 2015, while the Police Ombudsman accepted the complaint but yet to assign an investigation.

The Stormont House Agreement included mechanisms such as a new independent body to take forward criminal investigations into outstanding Troubles-related deaths called the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU).

KRW Law said the UK government has `unilaterally committed "to legislation that drives a coach and horses through the Stormont House Agreement"

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