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Kelly hits out at ‘appalling’ Police Federation warning

5 October, 2018 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly MLA has challenged the Police Federation to clarify whether its members are withholding information about past crimes, following comments by its chairman Mark Lindsay.

The North Belfast MLA was speaking after the federation publicly called for the agreed proposals on dealing with the past to be scrapped. Federation chair Mark Lindsay also warned that the current and former officers it represents would not engage with legacy bodies tasked with investigating the past.

Gerry Kelly said: “For the Police Federation to warn that PSNI officers and former RUC and PSNI officers will not co-operate with legally-constituted bodies dealing with the legacy of the conflict is appalling.

“The Police Federation should immediately clarify whether its members are now being instructed to withhold information about past crimes. The PSNI Chief Constable should also give his view on the prospect of serving and former police officers refusing to engage with the legacy mechanisms.

“The Police Federation is supposed to be engaged in upholding the rule of law, yet here we have them warning that they will have no part in legal mechanisms which were agreed at Stormont House and which are a central part of proposed new legislation to deal with the legacy of the conflict.

“The Police Federation’s stance is in direct contravention to everything that human-rights compliant and accountable policing should stand for.”

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