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Intimidation of Sinn Fein Representative - PSNI putting life at risk

12 November, 2004


Sinn Féin policing spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has launched a blistering attack on the PSNI after the dawn raid on the home of Ballymena Sinn Féin representative Michael Agnew this morning.

Mr Kelly said:

"Michael Agnew has been the target of a sustained Loyalist murder campaign. The actions of the PSNI this morning are part of a deliberate attempt to justify these attacks. The actions of the PSNI are further endangering the life of Michael Agnew. It is in stark contrast to the lack of action against the unionist murder gangs that are operating with impunity throughout the North Antrim and East Antrim areas.

"This raid is a clear example of political policing. It is an extension of the loyalist murder campaign. It is evidence of the ongoing existence of collusion between loyalists and the PSNI and will only offer further encouragement to those who have targeted Michael Agnew because he is a Sinn Fein representative.

"I again challenge all political parties to come out and condemn the actions of Loyalist paramilitaries in this area and indeed throughout the six counties. The actions of the PSNI today are also a stark and direct challenge to the SDLP and I want to reiterate my challenge to the SDLP policing spokesperson Alex Attwood to come out into the open and have a public debate on policing."

Gerry Kelly will be available to speak to the media today at 12 noon at the opening of a new job assist centre at the Upper Springfield Trust at the top of the Whiterock Road along with Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP.

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