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Hutchinson must go immediately - Gerry Kelly

18 October, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has reiterated his calls for Ombudsman Al Hutchinson to leave his office immediately so that damage done to the reputation of the office can be repaired.

The Sinn Féin Police & Justice Spokesperson’s comments come prior to the screening tonight of a BBC programme in which former Chief Executive of the office Sam Pollock said he had ‘basically lost confidence in the direction of the office and the independence of the office in relation to very serious matters’.

Gerry Kelly said:

“Following three critical reports into the Ombudsman’s Office and this confirmation by the former Chief Executive that the office had lost its independence, it is clear that Al Hutchinson remaining in place will just further damage the reputation of the office.

“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.

“Al Hutchinson carries full responsibility for this unprecedented damage.  The rights of victims must be paramount and they have already stated that they’ve lost any faith in Al Hutchinson to investigate the deaths of their loved ones. The revelations in this programme will no doubt confirm their belief that Al Hutchinson must go now.”

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