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Sinn Féin raise McBride case with John Spellar

8 March, 2004


Sinn Fein North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly, at the review meeting today with the British government, asked British Minster John Spellar in his new role had he or any other of the NIO Ministers advised the British Minister of Defence that the two soldiers convicted of murdering Peter McBride should be removed from the British Army.

Mr Kelly said:

"No NIO Minister has raised the issue of the retention of theses two killers in the British Army with their colleague in the MoD.

"When asked to advise the British Minister of Defence that the two soldiers convicted of murdering Peter McBride should be removed from the British Army John Spellar refused point blank to raise the issue.

"Considering that John Spellar has been seized upon about one alleged attack as a reason for the present crisis it is frustrating that he refuses to act on another case where a person was murdered." ENDS

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