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IMC Securocrat Tool

19 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today described the IMC 'as little more than a tool of British securocrats to be used to discriminate against Sinn Féin and our electorate'. Mr Maskey's comments come the day before the widely leaked IMC report is due to be published.

Mr Maskey said:

" Speculation in the media would indicate that this IMC report is designed to do little more than attempt to put Sinn Féin under pressure in advance of next weeks negotiations. Sanctions against Sinn Féin or our electorate are completely unacceptable. That they should come as the result of recommendations by an unelected and unaccountable securocrat body makes the situation even more ludicrous.

" This report will be based entirely upon briefings given to this body by the Special Branch and the other securocrat agencies. The very same people who stand indicted for organising and carrying out a campaign of state sponsored murder in the six counties. It is hardly surprising therefore the conclusions which will be drawn.

" The IMC's role from day one has been about providing the British government and the securocrats within the British system the political cover to exclude Sinn Féin, the largest nationalist party, from the process.

" Sinn Féin are committed absolutely to making this process work, others are not. Sinn Féin are only responsible for the actions of Sinn Féin and we will resist attempts which will be made to further undermine this process on the back of a report from a discredited grouping like the IMC." ENDS

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