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Hugh Orde has to give answers regarding Gareth O'Connor

6 January, 2004

Commenting on allegations made today in the Belfast High Court concerning the role of missing Armagh man Gareth O'Connor in the arrests of four men in Tyrone, Sinn Féin representative for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy demanded that the British State disclose the full facts and do not hide behind a public interest immunity certificate.

Mr Murphy said:

"This morning in the High Court in Belfast it was alleged that missing Armagh man Gareth O'Connor was a paid PSNI agent who was involved in setting up four other men for arrest. It has now emerged that the British State intend to apply for a Public Interest Immunity Certificate in order to suppress information regarding this matter.

"In the past the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde has made public comment on this man's disappearance. He made a number of allegations claiming IRA involvement in this without providing any evidence. Others have subsequently ran with this line despite a statement from the IRA categorically denying any involvement in the matter.

"In light of today's revelations Hugh Orde has a duty to lift the lid on this entire case. I am demanding that he disclose the full facts surrounding this case and does not hide behind a Public Interest Immunity Certificate." ENDS

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