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Crimes Agency legislation needs amended to include accountability mechanisms - Pat Sheehan

28 January, 2013 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said the party would continue to block the draft Westminster legislation for the 'National Crimes Agency' at the Executive.

The West Belfast MLA said:

"Under the draft Westminster legislation the 'National Crimes Agency' (NCA) would not be accountable to the normal accountable mechanisms negotiated over the last number of years.

"Sinn Féin will continue to seek to have the legislation amended as we clearly recognise the imperative of co-operation between different agencies to combat organised crime.

"However, the primacy of the PSNI in combating organised crime, indeed all criminality, is paramount in addition to the need for all agencies to be accountable to the accountability mechanisms already put in place." 

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