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Comment On Arrest Of Gina Adair

17 December, 2003

Commenting on the appearance of Gina Adair in a Bolton Court on charges linked to drugs, North Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Cathy Stanton said:

"For years and years the Lower Shankill UDA were involved in the mass importation and supply of drugs. At the same time many of those in the leadership of the so called ŒC‚ company were paid agents of the Special Branch and their behaviour was tolerated and encouraged as they were killing Catholics and nationalists at the behest of the British State.

"Yet within months of the remnants of the Lower Shankill UDA arriving in Bolton the authorities there have taken action against their criminal activity.

"This contrasts sharply with the attitude of the PSNI to Johnny Adair and his gang when they operated in Belfast. It seems that the authorities in Britain where not prepared to tolerate criminal activity simply because many of those involved in it were also Special Branch agents." ENDS

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