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Sinn Féin demand end to repressive legislation

29 July, 2009 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin Assembly member John O’Dowd today met the Independent Reviewer of the Justice and Security (NI) Act 2007 Robert Whalley. Speaking after the meeting Mr O’Dowd said that the retention of so called security provisions was completely unacceptable.

Mr O’Dowd said:

“A stable society will not be built with the assistance of repressive and draconian legislation. This throwback to the failures of the past must be removed. We made this clear in our meeting with Mr Whalley today.

“Sinn Fein are opposed to draconian legislation. The retention of the provisions of Part VII of the Terrorism Act in this piece of legislation is unacceptable. This legislation has no place in our society.

“We believe that the ‘Independent Reviewer’ should recommend that the British Secretary of State repeal these powers without delay.” ENDS

 Note to Editors

 Under section 40 of the Justice and Security (NI) Act 2007 the British Secretary of State is obliged to appoint a person to review the operation of sections 21-32 of 2007 Act (which provide the British army with various powers). This appointee must carry out such a review as soon as practicable after the 31st of July each year and forward any findings in a report to the British Secretary of State.

Robert Whalley has been appointed the ‘Independent Reviewer’ of this piece of legislation.

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