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McGuinness re-iterates support for family of Sean Browne

18 January, 2004

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness has repeated his party's support for the family of murdered Bellaghy GAA member Sean Browne. Mr. McGuinness's comments come on the eve of what is expected to be a damning report from the Police Ombudsman into the RUC investigation into the killing.

Mr. McGuinness said:

"The Browne family have been campaigning for a number of years in their search for answers surrounding the murder of Sean Browne at Bellaghy GAA club in 1997. There has been a widely held belief locally that the circumstances of the killing were not investigated properly.

"Sean Browne was killed within a month of DUP MP Willie McCrea who had shared platforms with the LVF leadership losing his Westminster seat. Many people felt at the time that this murder in the same constituency was the LVF response to that election.

"The family of Sean Browne deserve answers. It is my hope that tomorrow's report from the Police Ombudsman will be a step along that road."ENDS

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