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Sinn Féin's engagement with policing structures is about delivering an effective policing service that works

2 January, 2008


Speaking prior to tomorrow's (Thursday January 3rd 08) Policing Board Meeting Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Alex Maskey MLA (South Belfast) has said that the recent verdict in the Omagh bomb trial was a sad indictment of policing gone wrong.

Mr Maskey said:

"Sinn Féin's engagement with policing structures is about delivering an effective policing service that works with and for the community it serves.

"The recent verdict in the Omagh bomb trial was a sad indictment of policing gone wrong. An innocent man spent years in jail and close to a decade on, bereaved families are no closer to truth and justice. Sinn Féin will not simply stand by as others have in the past and let such a situation continue.


"Sinn Féin having urged a special meeting of the Policing Board to discuss this case will be demanding a full report into the PSNI's handling of the Omagh investigation, including the conduct of senior police officers.

"It will not be acceptable for those within the leadership of the PSNI to ignore this damning verdict. Those found responsible for any wrongdoing within this critically flawed investigation will have to be held accountable. It is also I have to say a test for Hugh Orde and his leadership of the PSNI.

"The public need to have confidence in the ability of the police service to deliver effective policing. Sinn Féin's engagement with policing structures is about delivering a good, effective policing service, which works with the community it serves. This is about accountability and it is about justice. Tomorrows' meeting is another step along that road. People can be assured that we will not allow this to be swept under the carpet. Sinn Féin continues to supports the call for the urgent establishment of a public inquiry which can get to the truth about Omagh" ENDS

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