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Report into Stormont raid fails to tell the whole story

1 August, 2004

Sinn Fein Assembly Group leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy commenting on selective briefings that have accompanied the publication of the Ombudsman's report into the PSNI raid on Sinn Fein's Stormont offices has said that the report fails to tell the truth about the politically motivated raid.

Mr Murphy said:

"It has been claimed that no evidence has been found to prove that the Special Branch raid on Sinn Fein's offices was politically motivated. However, it is difficult to see how this conclusion is reached when there is no reference to operation Torsion, the Special Branch dirty tricks exercise which culminated in the Stormont raid.

"The Stormont raid on Sinn Fein's parliamentary offices was planned and executed by an RUC cartel of political detectives, in the name of the PSNI. It was a politically motivated raid with the clear intent to collapse the institutions and undermine the peace process.

"The Special Branch version of events given to the Police Ombudsman about the Stormont raid varies from the version offered by the PSNI Chief Constable at the time of the raid.

"On 7th October 2002, in offering a half-hearted, public apology for the Stormont raid, Hugh Orde said 'In terms of planning, we need to look at how planning took place. There was no pre-planning in relation to Stormont.' However, one of those behind the Stormont raid told the investigators from the Ombudsman's office that he planned the raid based on prior Special Branch intelligence.

"The same pattern of leaks, misinformation and political smears which have characterised the Special Branch's operation Torsion from the day of the Stormont raid have preceded today's findings. Since October 2002, many of the original claims made and widely reported have been shown to be a farrago of lies." ENDS

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