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Sinn Féin to boycott PCSP meeting in support of Brown family

12 February, 2015 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin MLA Ian Milne has called on the PSNI to end the ongoing delays to an inquest into the murder of GAA official Sean Brown who was shot dead by loyalists in Bellaghy in 1997. 

Speaking after attending the 24th preliminary hearing into the case this morning, the Mid Ulster MLA said; 

"The Brown family have been waiting for 17 years for the inquest to open and establish the truth about the murder of Sean Brown by loyalists in 1997. 

"At every step of that process they have been met with delays, non-disclosure and blockages from the PSNI. 

“This morning there has been a further setback which means the hearing could be delayed for a further six months at the very least as the PSNI do not have the paperwork ready.

"The PSNI has a clear responsibility and a duty to the Brown family which they have failed to live up to so far. 

"As a result, Sinn Féin representatives will withdraw from the next meeting of the Magherafelt Policing Partnership meeting at the request of the Brown family to highlight the PSNI's delaying tactics. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the Brown family in their campaign for truth and we will be meeting with the local PSNI commander to highlight our concerns about the ongoing delays." 

Councillor Sean McPeake, of Magherafelt council, said; 

"I and other Sinn Féin members of Magherafelt PCSP will be withdrawing from the next meeting of the group in support of the Brown family and I would call on all other members who are concerned about this blatant injustice to do the same.”

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