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Adams - Whoever killed Robert McCartney should come forward

2 March, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams commenting on the murder of Robert McCartney today said:

"Some days ago I reiterated my support for the McCartney family and I called on anyone and everyone with information that might help the family in their quest for truth and justice to come forward.

My clear intention in doing so was to encourage those who have information to make that information available so that whoever is responsible for the killing of Robert McCartney is brought to justice.

I note that this has not happened. And although many people have come forward - others have not, particularly some who may have been directly involved in Robert's murder. In my view these people must give a full account through whatever conduit they chose.

I want also to restate with absolute clarity that whoever killed Robert McCartney should come forward and take responsibility for this. That is what I meant when I said that if I was involved I would make myself accountable to the courts.

So far Robert McCartney's killer has not had the courage to do this. Self-preservation and selfishness will not prevail in this case.

I am not letting this issue go until those who have sullied the republican cause are made to account for their action." ENDS

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