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Murphy welcomes decision to set date for judicial review of British sanctions against Sinn Féin

29 June, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader Conor Murphy has welcomed the decision of the High Court to set a date for the hearing of a Judicial Review of the British Government's decision to impose sanctions on Sinn Féin in the wake of the flawed IMC Report.

Mr Murphy said:

"Today in the High Court the go ahead was given for the Judicial Review into the British government's decision to impose sanctions on Sinn Féin and our electorate to proceed in September. This is a welcome decision and we look forward to presenting what is a very strong case.

"This legal case is one aspect of our campaign against the operation of the IMC and the negative role envisaged for it within the broader peace process. The IMC is not independent in its make-up or remit. Its primary function is to provide political cover for the British government to exclude Sinn Féin at a future date. It has also sought to reintroduce the political vetting of community organisations a practice last employed by the British government in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"Sinn Féin will continue challenge the British government over the continuing role of the IMC and the disgraceful decision to use this unelected and unaccountable grouping to discriminate against our party and electorate." ENDS

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