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McGuinness anger at Coalisland arrest

4 April, 2006

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness has branded the arrest of a woman in Coalisland this morning in connection with the Northern Bank robbery as the latest piece of stage managed political policing by the PSNI.

Mr McGuinness said:

"This woman was arrested this morning at her home in Coalisland and is currently being held by the PSNI Special Branch in their Antrim barracks.

"The media have of course been briefed about her identity and linked this woman to the Northern Bank robbery. This sort of prejudicial briefing is now standard practice from the political detectives within the Special Branch.

"Everyone knows that this arrest has nothing at all to do with finding those who robbed the Northern Bank. It is about smearing a family and a community at a delicate time in the Peace Process. This woman should be released immediately and allowed to return home to her family." ENDS

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