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Collapse of Northern Bank case evidence of sham investigation

8 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today said that the decision to drop the charges laid against a young Newry man as part of the Special Branch investigation into the Northern Bank robbery is the start of the unravelling of the entire sham inquiry.

Mr Murphy said:

" The fact of the matter is that the PSNI have been unable to produce one shred of evidence linking republicans to the Northern Bank robbery. They have went on several fishing expeditions raiding homes and arresting and interrogating individuals.

" They have in true Special Branch mode used sections of the media to smear people characters and link them to this robbery without any evidence being produced. Already after only a few weeks this sham of an investigation is unravelling in front of our eyes.

" Given the development in the this case and the collapse of their spy ring fantasy today has proven to be a bad day for the political detectives, the RUC old guard who are clearly still alive and well within the ranks of the PSNI." ENDS

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