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Kelly - PSNI admission no surprise

22 July, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly has said that it is 'hardly a surprise that the PSNI have recorded the worst detection figures for murders given the admission by PSNI Detective Superintendent Roy Suitters that despite knowing the killers of a young catholic he had decided not to take any action'.

Mr Kelly said:

" The admission last week by Roy Suitters that he knew the identity of the killers of Gerard Lawlor but had decided against raiding their homes in search of evidence or indeed arresting them at all was an outrageous public admission of collusion. Insult was added to injury when on Gerard Lawlor's first anniversary he appeared on television appealing for information, this after he had publicly admitted not investigating the killing properly.

" Given the admission that loyalist murders are not properly investigated and that those responsible are not arrested it is hardly surprising therefore that detection figures of around 8% are returned.

" Nationalists have no confidence in the PSNI investigations into loyalist activity. The Special Branch have manipulated the loyalist organisations for decades. The failure to investigate their activity is a clear example of the force within a force being transferred into the PSNI." ENDS

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