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O’ Loan to hear of political policing concerns in Castlederg

17 April, 2007


West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that at his invitation Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan will attend a public meeting in the Derg Valley Leisure Centre next Tuesday, the 24th April, at 7pm to appraise the local community of the complaints procedures available against PSNI officers who they believe to be operating in a partisan political manner.

Mr Doherty said:

"In February, I met with Nuala O'Loan to discuss the ongoing campaign of victimization being waged by the PSNI against the nationalist community in Castlederg, and in particular, the campaign being wedged against young male nationalists in the area. At the meeting, I listed many many incidents where there was clear evidence of partisan political policing in the area.

"Nuala O Loan expressed serious concern about the situation and undertook, on foot of a written invitation from myself as MP for the area, to attend a public meeting in Castlederg to appraise local people of the complaints procedures available against PSNI officers who they believe to be operating in such a partisan political manner.

"The arrangements have now been made for Nuala O' Loan to attend this public meeting in the Derg Valley Leisure Centre next Tuesday night. She will not only outline the work of the Police Ombudsman's Office and explain complaint procedures but she will also be accompanied by investigators from her office who will be available to take statements from anyone who wishes to initiate a complaint against the PSNI.

"While this meeting has been primarily organised to ensure that Nuala O Loan hears at first hand the testimony of local nationalists who have been subject to overt political policing, I would also encourage people from within the unionist community, who also believe that they have a been treated in an unjust manner by the PSNI, to come along, give an account of their case and initiate a complaint if they wish to do so." ENDS

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