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Kelly repeats call for witnesses to come forward

9 March, 2005

Sinn Féin senior negotiator Gerry Kelly MLA has today repeated the party's call for the killers of Robert McCartney to come forward and for witnesses to provide the information necessary to secure convictions.

Mr. Kelly said:

"Yesterday's IRA statement should have removed any concerns witnesses might have still had about coming forward.

"It is a positive development and clear evidence of the wider republican desire to see those responsible for the brutal murder of Robert McCartney brought to justice.

"The IRA has ordered those involved in the killing to give a full account of their actions; it has made it clear that witnesses should come forward and provide any information they may have; and it has spoken directly to a number of key witnesses and given them assurances on their safety, and has provided assurances again through an independent third party.

"All of this is very important as pressure is maintained to bring the perpetrators to court." ENDS

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