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Deep concern at ex-cop bribery case

7 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson Alex Maskey MLA has said that he will be seeking the full details about the case of a former police officer working as a private investigator who pleaded guilty to bribing two other police officers for access to information held on the police computer network.

His comments came after former RUC officer James Stewart was handed a 6 month jail sentence suspended for 2 year and two other former RUC officers also walked free from Downpatrick Crown Court.

Mr Maskey said:

"The evidence is that there was a long standing flow of information from within the police to an outside source. This is totally unacceptable.

"The fact that it involved former a RUC officer getting access through serving officers also raises fundamental questions. A situation where supposedly confidential information was routinely passed to former associates is very serious.

"I will be seeking full details about this case and about what type of information is retained on all of these files.

"I cannot condemn this type of activity strong enough.

"As a member of the Policing Board I will be both just demanding answers and action to root out this type of illegal activity if it exists within the PSNI today.

"While there is ample proof of collusion and the passing of information between the RUC and loyalists, this points to routine illegality for private gain." ENDS

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