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Serious Questions Raised After PSNI Staff Member Charged

16 April, 2007

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing issues Alex Maskey has demanded that the British Secretary of State Peter Hain make an urgent statement after a PSNI Administrative worker was charged with possessing documents and of illegally accessing the PSNI computer system.

Mr Maskey said:

"Throughout the weekend republicans and nationalists have been visited in their homes and warned of a significant threat against them. They were told that their personal details were in the hands of unionist paramilitaries. It is believed that the organisation involved is the UVF.

"This situation has now become even more serious with the news that a member
of the PSNI Administrative team has been charged in connection with these
matters and according to the information placed before the courts today this
intelligence gathering operation has been ongoing for 5 years.

"This raises a number of very serious questions both for the PSNI and the
British Government.
. How was this operation allowed to go on for so long without being
. What has happened to the much talked about mechanisms and procedures which
we    are told were put in place to prevent this type of policing?
. Where did this individual work and what documents had he access to?
. How many people have been placed in danger?
. What measures are being put in place to help these people?

"Sinn Féin will be raising this matter with both governments. The
information so far given to those people under threat is completely
inadequate. We need a speedy and detailed statement from Peter Hain on this
matter without any further delay." ENDS

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