The father of murdered LVF leader Billy Wright is taking a High Court action over the handling of the inquest into his son's murder in the Maze Prison. Mr David Wright, a retired bar manager, of Portadown, is seeking a judicial review of Coroner John Leckey's decision refusing him access to statements made by two senior prison officers.

Mr Wright believes the statements could answer questions as to how his son came to be murdered by INLA prisoners in December, 1997. "It is abundantly clear there are serious unanswered questions regarding the murder of my son," said Mr Wright, adding: "I believe these questions raise the possibility of collusion between my son's murderers and agents of the state."

In court papers grounding the application, Mr Wright's lawyers stated that the Coroner's refusal to give him access to the officers' statements was contrary to Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Mr Wright said: "My findings into my son's murder show that certain issues and allegations have not been investigated in the manner guaranteed by the European Convention. "Under that same legislation, I am entitled to have sight of all information relating to my son's death." Leave to proceed with the case was granted by Mr Justice Kerr and the matter will probably come before the court next week to make preliminary arrangements for a hearing.