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British State protecting Handlers And Agents

24 May, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly today said that following on from the release of British Agent Ken Barrett and revelations from former RUC members concerning the UVF in Mount Vernon that there is an agenda at work to protect not just those members of unionist paramilitaries who were working for the British State but more significantly those who were handling them in the ranks of the Special Branch and MI5.

Mr Kelly said:

"Since the allegations of widespread British State involvement in the murder campaign against Catholics was first revealed by republicans we had seen three Stevens inquires, numerous investigations by outside bodies including the UN and the Ombudsman yet no former or serving member of the Special Branch, MI5 or British Military Intelligence have been arrested, questioned or charged.

"Yesterday's early release of British Agent Ken Barrett and revelations made on BBC last night by former RUC member Trevor McIlwrath concerning the involvement of Special Branch Agents in the murder of innocent Catholics with the full knowledge and support of their handlers it is becoming increasingly clear that there is an agenda at work not just to protect those members of unionist paramilitaries who were working for the British State but more significantly those who were handling them in the ranks of the Special Branch and MI5.

"The British State continue to operate a policy of concealment and cover-up. Evidence of this is the British government's plan to give primacy for intelligence gathering to MI5 one of the organisations implicated in the murder of citizens here. This is unacceptable and the sooner the British government face this reality and face up to their involvement in the murder of citizens the better." ENDS

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