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Gildernew - PSNI Obstruct Inquest and Policing Board stay silent

7 October, 2003

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has hit out at the PSNI for 'deliberately obstructing' attempts by a Coroner to find the truth surrounding the killing of Roseanne Mallon and nine other people in Tyrone. Ms. Gildernew also criticised the Policing Board for its silence on the matter.

Speaking outside Dungannon Courthouse Ms Gildernew said:

"The PSNI this morning refused to comply with the direction of the Coroner and hand over documents relevant to his inquest. Hugh Orde has taken a decision to continue the cover-up of the murder of Roseanne Mallon and nine other people in Tyrone. His actions and that of his force are not those of a transparent and accountable policing service. It shows us clearly that the Special Branch are still in charge.

"The silence of the normally vociferous Policing Board including Desmond Rea, Denis Bradley and Alex Attwood on this matter has been deafening. Not once have they spoken about the PSNI deliberately withholding evidence from an Inquest. Not once have they spoken about a PSNI decision to deny families of people killed the truth.

"They have not spoken because they are powerless to do anything about it. The truth of the matter is that the old guard from the RUC Special Branch is calling the shots and Attwood, Rea and Bradley are simply incapable of tackling them."ENDS

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