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Kelly to meet Lord Carlisle on Diplock and other Justice issues

28 November, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly today said that he was satisfied that the British Government were now finally legislating to bring about an end to the Diplock Court system in the North. Mr Kelly's comments
come as he prepared to meet Lord Carlisle, the Independent Reviewer of repressive legislation, in Stormont.

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. Ending the use of repressive measures like Diplock Courts has been a
key objective of Sinn Féin in our negotiations with the British government over many years.

"Sinn Féin secured a commitment from the British government to end the use of Diplock Courts and we are satisfied that the British government are now legislating to honour this commitment . We met the British Minister responsible for the consultation into this legislation David Hansen in early September, we again raised the issue at St. Andrews and we will be meeting with the Lord Carlisle today in Stormont to discuss this and other related
issues.

"Nationalists and republicans, who have in the past been the victims of a repressive justice system need to have confidence that things have changed and changed for good. Sinn Féin remain committed to ensuring that we see a
complete transformation in the Justice system and we remain engaged with the British government on this issue." ENDS

Editors Note: Gerry Kelly will meet Lord Carlisle in Stormont Buildings today. Lord Carlisle is the Independent Reviewer of repressive legislation.

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