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PSNI payments to Catholic killers happening under SDLP noses on Policing Board

21 February, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today said that the rewarding of Catholic killers like Torrens Knight and John White by the PSNI has been happening under the noses of the SDLP on the Policing Board.

Mr Maskey said:

"The exposure today of prominent loyalist drug dealer and Catholic killer John White as a paid PSNI agent follows on from a similar revelation around Torrens Knight the man responsible for the mass sectarian killings at Greysteel and Castlerock.

"Nationalists and republicans throughout Ireland are rightly outraged that the PSNI have been filling the pockets of such notorious Catholic killers. Members of the SDLP have publicly claimed outrage yet these payments have been taking place by the PSNI under the noses of the SDLP on the Policing Board.

"But we should not be surprised at this. The SDLP told everyone that they were going onto the Board to ensure democratic accountability even when the power to achieve this wasn‚t there. They told us that they were going onto the Board to end the use of Plastic Bullets, yet ended up purchasing an even more lethal device.

"Now they have presided over a system which has been paying thousands of pounds to those responsible for masterminding and carrying out sectarian massacres against the nationalist and republican community. These most recent exposures show once again how hollow SDLP protestations to be holding this force to account actually are." ENDS

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