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Kelly Raises Concerns Over Forensic Evidence

24 February, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly has said that last nights UTV Insight programme raised 'extremely serious questions which require immediate answers from the British government'.

Mr Kelly said:

"Last night UTV Insight revealed the exact details of the collapse of the cases against South Down men Martin Brogan and Mark Carroll and Tyrone man Noel Abernethy. The cases showed the PSNI Special Branch and British Army fabricating evidence and the DPP acting to conceal crucial evidence from defence teams.

"It was very clear from the programme and from statements made in court under oath that the PSNI and DPP have been interfering in the work of the Forensic Science Agency, a group which is supposed to be independent.

"Last week I met with Lord Filken, the British Minister with responsibility for the Criminal Justice and Court systems in the north and I raised with him the scandal of the Brogan/Carroll case.

"These cases cannot be taken in isolation and it is my belief that there are other cases where the independence of the forensic evidence presented in court is now under suspicion." ENDS

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