Special Branch role in UVF murders 'no surprise'
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Collusion, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has said that the revelations a report from the Police Ombudsman will implicate at least 6 RUC Special Branch Officer in a number of UVF murders through Special Branch agent Mark Haddock will come as no surprise to the hundreds of victims of British government policy collusion.
Mr Doherty said:
"It is now undeniable that there was a widespread and systematic policy of collision between the RUC and British Army and Loyalist paramilitaries, particularly involving RUC Special Branch.
"It will come as no surprise to the hundreds of victims of the British government's policy of state sanctioned murder and collusion that this report will implicate a number of RUC Special Branch officers in UVF murders.
"Indeed reports that RUC Special Branch stepped in to protect one of its' agents, Mark Haddock, from investigation is part of a well established pattern. The fact that it is claimed that this RUC agent then went on to commit a number of further murders makes the Special Branch directly complicit.
"Sinn Féin is determined to achieve a new beginning to policing. This means that the British government must come clean on its' policy of collusion and that the RUC human rights abusers who transfer ed en masse into the PSNI should be weeded out." ENDS