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PSNI actions on past must speak louder than words - Kelly

15 May, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly said today that the PSNI’s actions on investigating the past speak louder than words.

Gerry Kelly was commenting after a senior police officer told the PSNI’s Superintendents’ Association that investigations are carried out ‘without fear or favour’.

The North Belfast MLA said;

“Sinn Féin supports policing where no one is placed above the law and where investigations are carried out without fear or favour.

“However, that clearly is not the case when the PSNI is dealing with issues connected to the past.

“In the last fortnight alone we have learned that there will be no action taken against the MRF killers of nationalist civilians in Belfast, no inquiry into the actions of the soldiers who killed the Ballymurphy 11.

“The families of the victims of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings in which 34 people were killed have been forced to take a civil action against the British government as a mechanism of last resort.

“They have had to go down this route exactly because the British government has frustrated all efforts to conduct an investigation into the role of its intelligence services in the killings.

“So if the Superintendents’ Association wants to be taken seriously on its claim that all investigations are carried out ‘without fear or favour’ then action on these issues would speak louder then words.

“Sinn Féin is on record that we need an independent international truth mechanism to deal with issues arising out of the conflict and that the recent Haass proposals is an opportunity to begin that process.”

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