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Arrests are tip of collusion iceberg

9 August, 2006


Commenting after the arrest of a number of former RUC members as a result of the Police Ombudsman investigation into the activities of Special Branch Agent Mark Haddock, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly said "that the arrests are the tip of a collusion iceberg".

Mr Kelly said:

"We are led to believe that these arrests are the result of the Police Ombudsman inquiry into the activities of Special Branch agent Mark Haddock. The Special Branch and British Intelligence had thousands of agents within loyalism controlling and directing the loyalist death squads. These arrests are the tip of a collusion iceberg.

"In recent years we have had a drip feed of information surrounding events like Loughinisland and the murder of Pat Finucane. We have now started to hear more about the activities of individual agents like Mark Haddock and Torrens Knight, the Greysteel killer. But this is not enough. We need full exposure of the policy of collusion and British State involvement in the murder of citizens.

"This issue will not simply disappear. Sinn Fein will continue to support the families of those who have lost loved ones through the British policy of collusion in their campaign for the truth." ENDS

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