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Rosemary Nelson Anniversary

19 March, 2003

Last Saturday 15 March marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of human rights solicitor Rosemary Nelson. Rosemary was killed by a loyalist car bomb after receiving a number of death threats from members of the RUC.

It was revealed on the eve of her anniversary, that 55 solicitors and barristers have been victims of intimidation, harassment and threats from RUC/PSNI Officers in 2001 and 2002. The figure was contained in a report from the Police Ombudsman.

Reacting to the report Sinn Féin Assembly member for West Belfast Bairbre de Brún has said that the findings must be taken seriously.

The former Minister for Health said "Threats to lawyers emanating from a police force would be a matter of grave concern in any country. It must of even greater concern in a country that has seen the assassination of two leading human rights lawyers.

"The outcome of this survey must be taken seriously. Ms. De Brún concluded "Sinn Féin has put forward proposals to deal with the deficit of proper policing here, including proposals to ensure that lawyers are treated with due respect."

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