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Francie Brolly released without charge by Special Branch

30 November, 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin tonight announced that East Derry Assembly member Francie Brolly has been released by the PSNI Special Branch without charge.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"As I predicted would be the case Francie Brolly was this evening released without charge by the PSNI Special Branch.

"This arrest and media spin operation was never about the Claudy bomb or seeking justice for those bereaved. It was yet another clumsy political stunt by the Special Branch to try and damage Sinn Féin and the wider peace process. It was driven by a core of former RUC personnel still at the heart of the PSNI Special Branch.

"Ordinary people see through the PSNI Special Branch tactics. Those in the media who in recent times have without question broadcast and published the identities of innocent people caught up in these smear operations would do well to reflect once again on the events of recent days and weeks.

"Republicans will not allow ourselves to become diverted from the task of rebuilding the political process by the operations of those whose mindset and tactics are set on preventing further political and policing change." ENDS

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