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Adams unequivocally condemns any threats against McCartney's

13 May, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has "condemned unequivocally and without qualification or reservation" any threats made against the McCartney family.

The Sinn Féin President was commenting after it emerged that the PSNI had warned the family of threats from 'criminal elements' and a statement from the family suggesting that this was a reference to republicans. Mr Adams said:

"I am confident that there are no threats to this family from republicans. The recent election results were a clear endorsement of Sinn Féin's stand in support of the family and we remain totally behind their objective of having the men responsible for the murder of Robert McCartney brought to court and held to account for their actions."

The Sinn Fein leader is critical of the PSNI handling of the murder enquiry. He said:

"I have been told that key eye witness testimony has been given to the PSNI identifying those involved in the assault in the street in which Robert McCartney was murdered. In any other high profile murder case, in any other city, I'm sure matters would have been investigated more thoroughly and with more urgency." ENDS

Gerry Adams is available to speak to the media today, Friday 13th May 2005, at 12.30pm outside the Sinn Féin Sevastopol Street Offices on the Falls Road in Belfast.

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