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British securocrats have long history bugging MPs

5 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Policing and Justice Spokesperson, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that the British government and its agencies have a long track record of breaking the law when it comes to 'bugging' the conversations of MPs in Ireland.

Mr Maskey said:

"British securocrats have a long history of crossing the line when it comes to interfering in politics, not least in this part of Ireland.

"Throughout the course of important negotiations in the Irish Peace Process there is evidence that British securocrats were 'bugging' the conversations of Sinn Féin MP's.

"There was clear evidence that conversations between Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams, and with Jonathan Powell and Mo Mowlam being recorded by British securocrats at sensitive times during the Peace Process. Substantial bugging devices were also discovered at Connolly House, a Sinn Fein office in West Belfast, and in a car used by the Sinn Fein President.

"There is nothing new in the claims that British securocrats routinely break the law. It is a hallmark of the British 'dirty war' in Ireland." ENDS

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