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Sinn Féin make proposals at Policing Board to deal with HET scandal

4 July, 2013 - by Pat Sheehan

After today's Policing Board meeting to question the PSNI Chief Constable about the inspection report on the HET, Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said:

 "Sinn Féin has always insisted that the HET is not independent. It does not command widespread public confidence and is not compliant with the international human rights obligations, which bind the British government.

“The HMIC report confirms there must be an alternative to the HET, it has acted unlawfully.

“Following the report many people will feel that the HET is irretrievably damaged. Some of those representing families bereaved by state violence have already made that position clear.

“The police cannot investigate the police and to suggest that as a remedy to this scandal is a step backwards and nonsensical. We need to find an effective and credible alternative, which is inclusive of all citizens in our society.

“Sinn Féin is advocating that all cases with the HET are suspended. What has been suffered by bereaved families must be openly and urgently investigated, including the questioning of police officers or civilian staff in the HET or PSNI who may have perverted the course of justice. Sinn Féin is now requesting a meeting with the Police Ombudsman to discuss how this investigation can begin.

“The Policing Board has agreed to convene a working group to oversee the outworking of the HMIC report. Sinn Féin will be asking that group to include Professor Patricia Lundy, PPS, the Police Ombudsman, the Victims Commissioner, the CJI, and above all, the Human Rights community and bereaved families to formulate all the available ways forward.”

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