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McGuinness raises concerns about murder of James McMahon with Paul Murphy

23 February, 2004

Sinn Fein Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness MLA has raised concerns about the murder of James McMahon outside Lisburn District Council Offices before Christmas in a meeting with British Secretary of State Paul Murphy.

Speaking after the meeting, requested by Paul Murphy, Mr McGuinness said:

"Officials in both the British and Irish governments know who killed James McMahon. The PSNI know that James was murdered by the UDA. Yet PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde remains silent on the issue.

"This contrasts with Hugh Orde's speedy response to the incident in Belfast on Friday.

"I would remind Hugh Orde that it is not his responsibility to pass judgement on these four men who are now waiting trial." ENDS

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