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Governments have responsibility to remove securocrats from ARA

10 October, 2005

Commenting after those targeted in the ARA operation in Manchester last week held a press conference, Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy today called on the two governments to remove the securocrats within their systems who are clearly abusing their positions to try and undermine the peace process.

Mr Murphy said:

"It is very clear that the ARA raids in Manchester last week were politically motivated and based entirely on innuendo, spin and malicious briefing. It had nothing at all to do with recovering the proceeds of crime.

"The media were conned with reports of £30m property portfolios, IRA links and thousands of documents seized.

"There is a clear responsibility on the two governments to sack those securocrats responsible for using their positions in organisations like the ARA to undermine the peace process. Such individuals not only undermine the political process but also undermine public confidence in the impartiality and ability of groups like the ARA to properly carry out the important job of seizing criminal assets." ENDS

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