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Kelly Raises Controversial Cases With Police Ombudsman

23 March, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly said that he had raised the Mc Ilwaine/Robb, McCord and McConville cases in discussions with the Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan. Mr Kelly also raised with the Ombudsman the British government plans to give MI5 primacy and the implications of the enabling legislation currently before Westminster.

Mr Kelly said:

“In our discussions with the Police Ombudsman I raised the Mc Ilwaine/Robb, McCord and McConville cases.

“The Ombudsman confirmed that her investigations into these controversial cases were ongoing and that in particular she intended to meet once again with the McIlwaine and Robb families to discuss further revelations concerning the role of a Special Branch agent in the killings and the role of a number of PSNI members in the subsequent investigation.

“In relation to the issue of the British government planning to give MI5 primacy over intelligence gathering in the north I made it clear to the Ombudsman our firm belief that the role of British securocrats in the six counties needs to be ended not supported or expanded.

“This engagement is the latest in a series of meetings we have held with the Police Ombudsman and I would expect to continue this dialogue across a range of crucial matters in the coming months.” ENDS

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