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Kelly to meet British Minister over Castlereagh Dossier

20 July, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice Gerry Kelly will meet with the British Security Minister Ian Pearson tomorrow morning in Stormont Castle. Mr Kelly will be demanding answers from Mr Pearson on the security breach at Castlereagh and the speculation that a dossier containing the details of upwards of 400 people is missing.

Speaking today in advance of the meeting Mr Kelly said:

"Many people I have spoken to are deeply concerned with what is happening concerning a security breach in Castlereagh. Mr Pearson has confirmed to me that a document is missing and that an investigation is under way.

"Media reports have indicated that the details of as many as 400 people are in this document and that it is in the possession of unionist paramilitaries. Yet despite this nobody has been informed that their details are missing. This is an unacceptable situation.

"I will also be pressing Mr Pearson on the identity of the regiment that the British soldier arrested over this breach comes from. I want to know if he is a member of the RIR, a regiment with a long history of collusion with unionist paramilitaries.

"The secrecy with which the British have approached this issue and their total lack of transparency even to the point of endangering lives, will raise the obvious concerns that a cover-up is now under way." ENDS

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