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Maskey challenges Rejectionist MEP on Policing comments

20 May, 2007

Responding to remarks by rejectionist MEP Jim Alistair following Friday nights arrest operation in Dungannon claiming that Sinn Fein had reneged on Policing commitments, party spokesperson Alex Maskey said:

"Sinn Féin will not take lectures on anything let alone Policing from an individual like Jim Alistair. Aside from his spat with his former colleagues in the DUP I am not prepared to stand by and allow him to try and distort the Sinn Féin position.

"Sinn Féin support accountable and acceptable policing. What we do not support is bad, repressive or political policing. When the conduct of the PSNI drops below the standard we expect then it is our duty as public
representatives to call the policing service to account.

"Sinn Fein are not joining policing structures to rubber stamp the decisions taken by the PSNI leadership. Our job is to provide a robust and effective accountability mechanism. The operation in Dungannon on Friday evening was
heavy handed and unacceptable. Sinn Féin will not shy away from speaking out when we feel that it is necessary. That is difference between ourselves and others who have been sitting on the Policing board for years." ENDS

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