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Retention Of Repressive Powers Attacked

15 January, 2004


Commenting on the announcement by the British Direct Rule Minister Jane Kennedy that repressive legislation is to be renewed in the six counties for yet another year, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly MLA said that decision was 'further evidence that the securocrats are continuing to drive British policy in Ireland'.

Mr Kelly said:

" Ten years on from the first IRA cessation and the British government are still relying on repressive legislation. The decision to renew this legislation is further evidence that the securocrats are continuing to drive British policy in Ireland.

" The fact of the matter is that if you give repressive legislation to a force like the PSNI then it will be used.

" The British government need to act to remove such repressive powers and begin to seriously deliver on their overall commitments on Human Rights, Policing and Justice issues." ENDS

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