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Questions raised after British soldier implicated in UVF threats case

17 April, 2007

North Antrim Sinn Féin Assembly member Daithí McKay has demanded that the British soldier who is implicated in the rapidly developing UVF spy scandal be immediately suspended from his position. Mr McKay's comments came after a bail hearing heard of the involvement of a British soldier in the intelligence gathering operation which has collated details of over 150 nationalists and republicans.

Mr McKay said:

"In a bail hearing this morning it emerged that in addition to the involvement of a member of the PSNI staff in this intelligence gathering operation a serving British soldier has also been implicated.

"This individual has not been charged so far and as far as we know continues to serve in his regiment with access to confidential documents and files. This is unacceptable. This individual should be suspended from his position
immediately until this entire web is unravelled. Many will suspect that it is his involvement in the British army which has prevented him being charged to date.

"Meanwhile Peter Hain needs to make a detailed statement on this rapidly developing scandal which now envelops the UVF, the PSNI and the British Army." ENDS

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