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PSNI dragging heels over McCartney investigation

18 March, 2005

Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness has said that 4 days after it became clear that the PSNI are dragging their heels by holding back on key elements of the investigation into the murder of Robert McCartney, they have still not acted to bring people before the courts.

Martin McGuinness, accusing the PSNI of working to a political agenda said:

"The revelation that the PSNI turned away a key witness and a key suspect earlier this week indicated that the PSNI are deliberately holding back on charges in the murder of Robert McCartney. Hugh Orde's defensive comments in Washington in response to this were totally unconvincing.

"Another three days later, the PSNI have still not put the key suspects into an identity parade despite the willingness of eyewitnesses to identify those involved and, incredibly, eyewitness testimony, which identifies some of those involved in events surrounding the attack on Robert McCartney, has not been acted on and those identified by the eyewitnesses have not been charged. In addition, a key suspect in the case, who offered himself for interview by the PSNI, has still not been interviewed.

"The PSNI have not adequately explained the significant differences between their handling of this case and their normal approach to such investigations. This investigation driven by political considerations rather than justice." ENDS

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