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Concerns at lack of movement on Eric Anderson file theft admission

20 October, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty has said that people are becoming increasingly concerned that high level elements within the PSNI and British system are conspiring to ensure that admissions by former Special Branchman Eric Anderson that he stole confidential files is being swept under the carpet.

Mr Doherty said:

" It is now a week on since Eric Anderson admitted on camera to the theft of confidential PSNI files in a bid to undermine and subvert the work of the Police Ombudsman. Yet a week on we have yet to hear from the British Secretary of State Peter Hain or the PSNI Chief Hugh Orde on the issue of the files theft and Anderson's admissions.

" We have also seen no attempts to arrest or charge Eric Anderson or retrieve the confidential paperwork which he has admitted to stealing. I have already met with the Police Ombudsman to discuss this issue and I have sought an urgent meeting with the British Direct Rule Security Minister Shaun Woodward to convey directly to him the real and growing concerns of nationalists and republicans regarding these very serious matters.

" Given the amount of time which has elapsed and the fact that there appears to have been little effort by the PSNI to effectively deal with this case and the issues it raises there is now a growing suspicion that high level elements of the RUC old guard within the PSNI are conspiring with elements of the British security system to try and bury this story and sweep it under the carpet." ENDS

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