Public will question if the PSNI can and should be investigating themselves – Anderson
Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle and member of the Policing Board’s Human Rights Committee Martina Anderson has questioned the public confidence of the PSNI in investigating themselves.
Ms Anderson was speaking after it emerged that the PSNI has proposed to the Policing Board that it take over from the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) in investigating the findings of the Nuala O’Loan’s report into the Mount Vernon UVF.
Speaking this evening Ms Anderson said,
“Obviously this is at an early stage as the Board only received the proposal this week; our party will be asking very serious questions of the ability of the PSNI to investigate these issues.
"In all of this we are very conscious of the findings of the Ombudsman’s Report and the feelings of the families involved, no matter what we must support them and all families who have suffered as a result of collusion, in their quest for truth and justice.
"The central issue here, which must not be forgotten, is the findings that indicate collusion between the RUC Special Branch and those in the Mount Vernon UVF who were responsible for murdering citizens as well as countless other crimes.
"I would, even at this early stage, urge caution and indeed question the wisdom of the recommendation from the PSNI that would see the responsibility for the investigation move from the HET and into their hands.
"The Policing Board, which is the accountability mechanism in this instance, which measures the implantation of the Ombudsman’s recommendations, must look carefully into how best this investigation is proceeded with, doing so in conjunction with the wishes of the families involved.” CRÍOCH