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Kelly to raise serious issues at Policing Board

4 March, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly

 Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly said today he intends to raise the attempted murder of Francis McCabe Jnr and a campaign of threats and intimidation against the community of south Armagh at tomorrow’s meeting of the Policing Board.

 The North Belfast MLA said he will also be quizzing police about unacceptable delays to coroners’ inquests and stalling tactics in the case of police informer Gary Haggarty.

 Mr Kelly said:

 “I will be raising a number of issues at the Policing Board tomorrow which we have major concerns about.

 “Last week a criminal gang attempted to murder Francis McCabe Jnr in south Armagh. This follows a campaign of intimidation and threats against members of the local community who have stood up against the criminals and who have advocated accountable policing. 

 “The PSNI needs to demonstrate that it is up to the challenge of policing with the community and tackling organised criminal gangs in the south Armagh area.

 “I also intend to challenge the Chief Constable on a series of delays to inquests including the failure of the PSNI to provide the proper documentation in several cases including the murder of Sean Brown.

 “In my opinion it is unacceptable that inquests are being delayed, some more than 30 years, and the PSNI is still failing to bring forward the documentation necessary to enable the coroner to do his job.

 “The PSNI has a responsibility to the courts and a duty to the families of the victims to make any information available which will facilitate the progress of inquests. 

 "Furthermore, last week the senior coroner Mr Lecky stated that inquests would be halted as the PSNI have informed him that they cannot carry out investigations and the coroner does not have his own investigators to do what is required.

 “I am also concerned about the delays in bringing the case of police informer Gary Haggarty to court.

 “The five-year delay in bringing this case to courts is unprecedented. My concern is that this case is being deliberately delayed in a bid to cover up the role of RUC handlers in assisting informants in the murders of citizens.

 “I will be demanding answers to these issues from the senior management of the PSNI and will continue to hold them to account until these matters are satisfactorily resolved.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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