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IMC Report Will Be Usual Mixture Of Special Branch Gossip And Innuendo

25 April, 2006

Speaking today in advance of the publication of the latest effort from the IMC, Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP said that the grouping was little more than a securocrat device and has no place in the political process.

Mr Doherty said:

"No doubt the latest effort due from the IMC tomorrow will be the usual mix of MI5 and Special Branch gossip and innuendo. The IMC have yet to back any of their allegations up with hard evidence. I expect the same to be the case tomorrow when their 10th report is published.

"The IMC is neither independent nor impartial. Sinn Féin are continuing to challenge the legitimacy of this grouping in the courts and we will continue to challenge the right of an unelected group of spooks, spies and failed politicians to exert such influence over the political process and the democratically expressed wishes of the people.

"Sinn Féin will continue to defend the Good Friday Agreement and the wider process from elements within the British system who have always been hostile to the involvement of republicans and who have found the IMC to be a useful device in advancing their agenda."ENDS

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