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SDLP Challenged Over Interrogation Centre

6 April, 2004


Commenting on the news that the PSNI is to construct an interrogation centre in Grosvenor Road Barracks, West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Michael Ferguson said that 'given the previous history of many PSNI members and their role in the torture centres in Castlereagh, Gough Barracks and Strand Road this news is a very worrying development'.

Mr Ferguson said:

" It is without dispute that within the current ranks of the PSNI there are a large number of Human Rights abusers who moved en masse from the RUC. Repressive legislation is still in place and now we hear reports that the PSNI are constructing a new interrogation centre in West Belfast.

" Given the previous history of many PSNI members and their role in the torture centres in Castlereagh, Gough Barracks and Strand Road this news is a very worrying development.

" I am sure that the SDLP will claim this new facility as one of their policing gains, ignoring the past of those PSNI members who will be operating it.

" In recent times the Policing Board with SDLP approval has authorised the use of an even more lethal plastic bullet and issued the PSNI with CS gas. Now we hear that an interrogation centre is to be constructed in West Belfast. We should be concentrating on removing the oppressive apparatus of policing in the north, not authorising the PSNI to adopt even more repressive measures." ENDS

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