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Kelly - Fisher and Wright should be removed from British army now

30 June, 2004

Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast and party spokesperson on policing and justice has called for the immediate removal of the two Scots guardsmen, convicted of murdering Peter McBride, for the British army. The call follows the Independent Assessor of Military Complaints Procedures stating that the two should never have been reinstated to the British army.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"Here we have the Independent Assessor for Military Complaint Procedures saying publicly that the McBride family been enduring a long standing wrong. The British government should now order the immediate dismissal of these two convicted killers from the British army and allow the McBride family some closure on this injustice.

"This statement follows the Court of Appeal declaring that the army had been wrong to allow Wright and Fisher to remain as soldiers because of the exceptional circumstances, yet the MOD have continued to ignored this ruling.

"It is completely unacceptable that those convicted of murdering Peter McBride should be reinstated and rearmed. It sends the clear message that the murder of Irish people by British crown forces is acceptable and will go unpunished.

"I will be writing on this matter to the British government and Sinn Féin will continue to support the McBride family in their search for justice." ENDS

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