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Kelly welcomes decision to release files to Police Ombudsman

2 September, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin policing spokesman Gerry Kelly has welcomed a decision by the new Chief Constable to release files to the Police Ombudsman, which had delayed investigations into up to 60 killings.

Gerry Kelly said:

“Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for these files to be released to the Ombudsman.

“Earlier this year the Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire had taken a judicial review against a decision by the former Chief Constable Matt Baggott to withhold the files.

“The independence of the Police Ombudsman’s office is central to building public confidence in policing. 

“Therefore I welcome today’s decision by the new Chief Constable George Hamilton to release the files requested by Michael Maguire.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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