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PSNI Acting in Vindictive Way Over Visa

30 August, 2011 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill has accused the PSNI of being vindictive while dealing with a visa application for a man earlier arrested in a blaze of publicity and released straight away.

Ms O’Neill stated,

“A young man who was arrested earlier this year but released unconditionally within 24 hours applied for and was granted a visa to travel to Australia but this visa was revoked after the PSNI wrote to the Australian Embassy.

“I contacted the PSNI and they assured me that they would write again to the Embassy stating that he was released unconditionally and had not been charged with any offence.

“However their subsequent letter stated he was still under investigation and based on this the Australian Embassy disallowed him on appeal and did not reinstate the Visa to travel.

“I am outraged that the PSNI are not only being obstructive but actually seem vindictive in dealing with this application.

“Whist I accept that this is a live investigation this cannot be allowed to prevent this young man getting on with his life. To date not one single scrap of evidence has been produced to suggest this young man is guilty of anything and I am outraged at the way in which he is being treated.

“I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the local PSNI Commander to ensure that any letter in reference to the visa application state that this young man is innocent. I also intend to find out why this young man is experiencing these difficulties and seek an apology from the PSNI.

“I am also looking at bringing in the Police Ombudsman to investigate any discrimination or vindictiveness on behalf of individual officers involved in the case

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