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SF to raise Robb/McIwaine case with Police Ombudsman

13 March, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly today said that the families of Andrew Robb and David McIlwaine deserve to know the truth about the circumstances surrounding their murder and that he would be raising the case in a meeting with the Police Ombudsman next week.

Mr Kelly said:

"Since the murders of Andrew Robb and David McIlwaine in February 2000 there have been growing evidence to support allegations that a prominent PSNI informer was involved and was being protected. At the families request the Police Ombudsman has conducted an investigation into the events surrounding the murders and it is our information that that investigation is close to being made public.

"The allegations of the involvement of a Special Branch agent in these killings and the belief that there was a subsequent cover-up by the PSNI members are very serious matters which will not simply go away. The family are now demanding a fully independent inquiry into the circumstances which led to the murders and the conduct of senior PSNI figures in the aftermath.

"We have already raised this case with both governments in the coming period and it will form part of discussions I have scheduled with the Police Ombudsman next week." ENDS

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