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Sinn Féin comment on CAJ report

16 June, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast and Policing and Justice spokesperson Gerry Kelly commenting on the CAJ report into the Police Ombudsmans office stated:

“Sinn Féin pressed for the establishment of the Ombudsmans office as a key accountability mechanism and as part of the Patten recommendations. The Office would comprise a body that would represent the public in matters of oversight and investigation into the role of policing in our society. 

“It was envisaged that one of the key elements of this office was to be its independence. If a respected organisation such as CAJ is calling this independence into question well then that is something we need to be cognisant of and such assertions need to be taken seriously. We will be reading this report closely.”

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