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Sinn Féin win first stage of IMC legal case

17 June, 2004

Speaking after winning the right to proceed with a case against the British government decision to sanction Sinn Féin on the back of the flawed IMC Report, Assembly Group Leader Conor Murphy said that the victory was 'the first hurdle in the legal challenge'.

Mr Murphy said:

" This legal case challenging the British Government decision to discriminate against Sinn Féin on the back of the flawed IMC Report is one part of our confrontation of this body which operates outside the terms of the Agreement and is little more than a securocrat smokescreen for the exclusion of Sinn Féin.

" I am happy today that we have overcome the first legal hurdle in challenging the decision of the British government to discriminate against Sinn Féin and our electorate. It is my hope that this case will now quickly proceed to a full hearing.

" The British government need to realise that Sinn Féin will not simply sit by and watch the rights and entitlements of our electorate being diminished and attacked on the back of a report from a body which has no credibility, democratic mandate or function under the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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