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National Crime Agency needs to be accountable

17 April, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

 Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly has that it is British Government that has the power to implement accountability mechanism for the National Crime Agency.

 Mr Kelly said,

 “What I did say was that the British Home Secretary Teresa May had the power with a swipe of a pen to allow accountability for the NCA, something that she has so far resisted to do.

 “I also stated that the Justice Minister David Ford had the power to set up a bespoke process that would allow for the seizure of assets gained through criminal activity across the North of Ireland.

 “The core of the Patten proposals is accountability something that was negotiated and agreed between all parties.

 “If members of the NCA are to get the powers of a constable then they must operate under the same accountability mechanisms as a constable in the PSNI.

 “We recognise the importance of co-operation between different agencies to combat organised crime and have met with the Justice Department and the head of the NCA Keith Bristle in order to discuss these issues.”

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