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MI5 move designed to prejudice policing

24 February, 2005


Sinn Féin policing spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has said that the announcement about the role of MI5 from 2007 is a pre-emptive strike by the British establishment designed to prejudice the transfer of powers in favour of British state.

Mr Kelly said:

"A new beginning to policing and justice requires a policing service which is democratically accountable, civic-based, rooted in human rights and politically non-partisan. Transfer of powers on policing and justice is central to accomplishing that new beginning.

"Today's announcement is a pre-emptive strike by the British establishment ahead of the transfer of powers. It is designed to prejudice the transfer of powers in favour of British state interests by designating matters due to be transferred, as excepted matters. Sinn Fein made it clear to both governments that this is unacceptable.

"It gives no comfort to the nationalist community that the very agencies of the British state which have been implicated by Judge Corey in state murder and criminality against Irish citizens, are to have that role perpetuated." ENDS

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