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Welcome as charges against Tyrone Republican are dropped

21 August, 2008


Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness has welcomed the dropping of all charges against Tyrone Republican Brian Arthurs, after a judge dismissed the case against them in court.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Last year Brian Arthurs home was raided and he was arrested by the PSNI. After this a number of charges were put to Brian and significant media briefing followed. At the time Sinn Féin condemned the arrest and subsequent charges and pointed to a political motivation behind the entire episode.

"At the time we were criticised for our response to this operation by unionist parties. Our stance has today been vindicated and those within unionism and within sections of the media who attempted to try and convict Brian Arthurs without so much as a shred of evidence have now been exposed.

"Now that all of these charges have been dropped it will be interesting to hear the response of those who were the public cheer leaders for the original arrest operation. Meanwhile I wish Brian and his family all the best as they seek to put this entire unnecessary situation behind them." ENDS

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