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Murphy - Collusion cannot be covered up

10 September, 2003


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Collusion, Newry Armagh representative Conor Murphy has said that speculation that intelligence gathering will in the near future be controlled by MI5 offers no assurance that a policy of collusion that has operated here for the last two decades and been sanctioned at the highest levels will be abandoned.

Mr Murphy said:

"Any attempt to put MI5 in charge of intelligence gathering is merely a smokescreen to deflect attention from the record of Special Branch in their role in a policy of collusion aimed at killing members of the nationalist and republican community.

"Collusion is the abuse of power by the state. Cosmetic changes, name changes do not alter the fact that a specific policy of collusion between British state forces and unionist paramilitaries has resulted in the murder of countless nationalists and republicans. MI5 was an integral part of the architecture and the policy of collusion.

"Speculation that intelligence gathering will in the near future be controlled by MI5 is merely an attempt to cover up a policy of collusion that has involved all state agencies operating here. It offers no assurance that a policy of collusion that has operated here for the last two decades and been sanctioned at the highest levels will be abandoned.

"No-one will be fooled into believing that any change has taken place within the architecture - involving British securocrats from a number of agencies - until and unless the British government acknowledges its role in the deliberate policy of collusion and the murder of citizens. It is time to open up the files. There is a widespread demand for the truth to come out. It is about the issue of accountability and MI5 is not accountable. The British government need to tell us how it intends to bring real accountability to the heart of all policing operation carried out in the north." ENDS

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