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Covert Camera allegations raise serious questions for British government

29 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that allegations carried in the Andersonstown News today that the British Army was still engaged in using covert cameras to spy on people in South Armagh, West Belfast and County Louth raised very serious questions for the British government.

Mr Murphy said:

"These allegations made by a former British Army soldier are very serious. The man, who identifies himself as a member of the Covert Observation Platoon, alleges the use of covert cameras in West Belfast, South Armagh and County Louth.

"It is totally unacceptable for any covert spying on people living in these areas.

"Given the serious concern about collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries, and recent evidence about the ongoing transfer of information from the PSNI and sections of the British Army to Loyalists there will be also be justified fears that information from covert operation will find its way into the hands of Loyalist organisations.

"Only this week the EU Court of Human Rights vindicated local families who were victims of collusion and had family members murdered because of RUC and UDR activities in South Armagh.

"Sinn Féin will be raising these issues at the highest level politically. There is no justification for such activities. We all know who damaging the activities of the securocrats have been to the Peace Process and it is up to the British government to bring this illegal activity to an end." ENDS

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