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Sinn Féin - Diplock Courts must go

15 November, 2006

Speaking as the British Government confirmed its intention to remove Diplock Courts from the Justice system here, Sinn Féin spokesperson Gerry Kelly said that this had long been a demand of his party and that they needed to be removed altogether not simply an exception to the norm.

Mr Kelly said:

"Non jury Diplock courts in the Six Counties were a repressive measure designed to fast-track the imprisonment of republicans in a conveyor belt manner. They should not just become the exception to the rule but should be done away with altogether.

"Sinn Féin has consistently raised the abolition of the Diplock Courts with the British government and some time ago we secured a commitment from them that they would move to abolish these types of courts.

"The use of repressive measures within the Criminal Justice system is not confined to the six counties. Sinn Féin have consistently called for the abolition of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. The ending of the Special Criminal Court and the repeal of the Offences Against the State Act are required under strand three of the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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