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MP hits out at South Armagh Raids

10 November, 2009

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy has hit out at the targeting of Republican Sean Hughes and his family by the London based SOCA organisation. Mr Hughes home and that of a number of relatives were raided by the PSNI this morning.

Mr Murphy said:

“Sean Hughes is a sound Republican. He has spent his entire adult life engaged in the struggle for Irish unity and Independence. He has championed the peace process and the campaign to end political policing. There have been numerous attempts over the years to smear Sean’s character.

“The raids today on Sean’s home and those of a number of his relatives have caused deep anger in South Armagh. There is no justification for the deliberate targeting of Sean and his family today.

“Sean has been charged with nothing. Neither have any members of his family. It is unacceptable.

“Undoubtedly many people will see a more sinister hand behind the SOCA operation this morning. SOCA is based in and run from London. As in the past when political unionism gets itself into difficulties, as the DUP have in recent weeks, the faceless opponents of Irish Republicanism who are still in prominent positions will seek to come to their rescue with operations like we have witnessed today.” ENDS

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