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Sinn Fein demands law change on former RUC detectives

29 May, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly, spokesperson on policing and justice has said that the British government must change the law to empower the Police Ombudsman to hold retired members of the RUC or PSNI fully to account for wrongdoing.

Mr Kelly said:

"In the last few weeks, I have met with David Hanson, NIO minister for justice and Nuala O Loan, the Police Ombudsman. I have discussed my concerns with them both. I also raised these serious concerns with Paul Goggins and I demanded that he close the loophole in the legislation to ensure anyone engaged in policing can be held fully to account.

"The case for the Police Ombudsman to be given this power is compelling. It is made by those who have declared their intention to try and thwart investigations by the Police Ombudsman and by those who resign, retire or take sick leave whenever such investigations close in on them, sometimes removing or destroying evidence of their wrongdoing in the process. Political detectives have no future in policing and Sinn Fein is determined to see those responsible for wrongdoing held fully to account for their
actions." ENDS

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