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Police should never bug client conversations - McKay MLA

30 November, 2007


Responding to a ruling by Brian Kerr who said that the monitoring of such conversations will be unlawful Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board Member Daithí McKay has said that the police should never bug client conversations and that changing the legacy of bad policing is the responsibility of all.

He said,

"The bugging of client conversations with their lawyers is a serious breach of human rights and contravenes many international protocols.

"For example it is in direct contravention of Article 7 from the UN Charter for human rights which provides entitlement without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

"Breaches from the police such as this should now be a thing of the past to ensure trust and confidence within the community. Changing the legacy of bad policing is the responsibility of all.

"Brian Kerr should now go further and state that in no cases at all should an infringement of privacy be allowed." Críoch

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