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Kelly calls for Al Hutchinson to resign now

5 September, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on Ombudsman Al Hutchinson to resign without delay. The party’s Policing & Justice spokesperson was speaking after the release of the Criminal Justice Inspectorate report.

Mr Kelly said:

“This is the third critical report into the Ombudsman’s Office and it is an indictment of the leadership that Al Hutchinson has shown,” said the North Belfast MLA.

“Sinn Féin believe in the Ombudsman’s Office and that it is a crucial mechanism to make sure we have accountable policing. However with the independence of the office being yet again called into question the credibility of that office is at rock bottom.

“The buck stops with Al Hutchinson and for public confidence in the Ombudsman’s Office to be repaired, he needs to go and go now. Any delay in his resignation, as he seems to be proposing, will only cause more damage to the office and the publics’ confidence in it.

“Only his immediate resignation followed by the implementation of recommendations made by Nuala O’Loan in 2007 will suffice.” Críoch/end

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