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Adams asked for Witnesses to give statements to Ombudsman

6 June, 2005


Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams this morning visited the family of Jim McMenamin, the young man killed by a speeding PSNI vehicle in the early hours of Saturday morning.

And a member of Mr. Adams office has been in touch this morning with the Office of the Police Ombudsman and with local community organisations.

Speaking afterward Mr. Adams said:

"There is serious disquiet in the local community, shared by the family, that the PSNI handling of Saturday night‚s incident gives cause for real concern. Many serious questions need to be answered about the circumstances surrounding the killing of Jim McMenamin, the role of the PSNI and its behaviour immediately after the incident.

"The family want no cover-up. They want the truth. I am appealing to anyone who saw anything or who has any information to bring that forward and speak to the Office of the Police Ombudsman which is carrying out an investigation into this incident.

"It is important that this is done in conjunction with a solicitor and members of my staff have this morning spoken both the Office of the Police Ombudsman and to local community groups to try and ensure that all of this is done speedily." ENDS

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