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Brian Arthurs charges driven by anti-Republican vendetta

23 May, 2007


Sinn Féin Assembly member Francie Molloy today accused elements of the PSNI of being involved in a politically driven vendetta against a number of republicans in East Tyrone. Mr Molloy went on to say that the PSNI had serious questions to answer around the operation over the past week involving Brain Arthurs.

Speaking outside the court in Dungannon where Brian Arthurs was granted bail, Mr Molloy said:

"Brian Arthurs was this morning charged in Dungannon Magistrates Court with a discrepancy in his mortgage application form. This comes after two heavy handed raids on his home, raids on the homes and businesses of other republicans and a heavy media briefing that all of this was to do with serious organised crime.

"After all of that the PSNI have managed to bring a charge in the local Magistrates court relating to a discrepancy in a mortgage application form. This entire operation, if not so serious for Brian and his young family, would be bordering on farce.

"The PSNI have very serious questions to answer regarding this entire matter and Hugh Orde and his colleagues can be rest assured that Sinn Féin will be pursuing this matter relentlessly in the time ahead. Many local people are of the opinion that there are elements within the PSNI, and one individual in particular who was a member of the RUC Special Branch, who are involved in a politically driven vendetta against a number of republicans in the East Tyrone area." ENDS

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