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Culture Of Concealment Reigns Within PSNI

18 May, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly has said revelations that the PSNI intend to use Public Interest Immunity Certificates (PIIC) to suppress Special Branch files in a case involving two killings in Upper Bann show clearly that 'the culture of concealment is alive and well'.

Mr Kelly said:

" We have heard much from the British government and PSNI Chief Hugh Orde in recent weeks about truth recovery processes and the need for families to have closure. Yet every time requests are made of the PSNI for disclosure they react with PIICs.

" We have seen the refusal of the PSNI to co-operate with the inquests into nine killings in Tyrone, they failed to co-operate with the inquest into Pearse Jordan in Belfast and now they are refusing to co-operate with the inquest into two killings in Upper Bann.

" So much for Hugh Orde's commitment to the truth and his commitment to families searching for closure. It is very obvious that what is alive and well within the British system and in particular within the PSNI is the old culture of concealment and protection." ENDS

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