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Sinn Féin member calls for comment from DPP

3 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Assembly member Michelle O' Neill has demanded a comment from the DPP regarding yesterday's release on bail without any objection from the state of Aaron Hill, a civilian worker for the PSNI.

Speaking today Ms O'Neill said,

'Hill is charged with providing information to terrorists, and abuse of the PSNI data system. The information in question relates to documents and ammunition uncovered last month and the arrest of known Randalstown UVF commander Darren Leslie
Richardson. Both Richardson and Aaron Hill are members of the Randalstown Sons of Ulster loyalist flute band. ' said Ms O'Neill

'Hill was yesterday released on bail without any objections from the DPP. This is a clear sign of ongoing double standards regarding the security forces and the DPP '

"In April 2003 the Stevens Report was published. John Stevens, at the time Britain's leading police officer, confirmed that collusion took place and recommended to the DPP the prosecution of numerous members of Special Branch. Over four years on the Stevens file and recommendations sit on Alistair Frazer's desk.

"When the Police Ombudsman recently published her report confirming widespread collusion between the Special Branch and the UVF in Mount Vernon the DPP immediately blocked any prosecutions of those responsible.

"It is fairly obvious to anyone looking rationally at the performance of the DPP in these cases that there is a policy of special treatment towards the Crown Forces . This is completely unacceptable and goes to the very heart of efforts to build nationalist and republican confidence in the Criminal Justice system.

"I am calling on the DPP to comment on this matter. Yesterday's unchallenged application by Hill for bail was indicative of a concerted move to conceal the full extent of a PSNI/British army /Loyalist spy ring in which the details of 117 nationalists and republicans, including Sinn Féin Cúige chair Declan Kearney and Cllr Sean Mc Peake, have been passed directly to the UVF.' said Ms O' Neill." ENDS

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