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Arrogant offensive IMC remarks challenged

1 February, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly group leader John O'Dowd said that many people would be angered at the arrogant remark by the IMC that within some communities "the culture of lawfulness is not well embedded".

Mr O‚Dowd said:

"For years the British government has attempted to criminalise republican communities. It is a throwback to their arrogant colonial past. Allegations that republican communities are havens of criminality are offensive, inaccurate and politically biased. Given the presence of arrogant failed politicians like Alderdice on the IMC it is not surprising.

"Where there is evidence of crime then due process must take its course. People must ask the question that if there is evidence of criminality, and you have the combined forces of the Guards, PSNI and British Intelligence working on this then why have people not been brought before the courts. That is the proper way to proceed.

"People have to decide if they want to live in a democratic state where people are innocent until evidence is placed before a court and they are found guilty." ENDS

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