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Political affiliation no reason to be stopped by PSNI

10 September, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said that political affiliation was no reason to be stopped and searched by the PSNI.

Ms Anderson said:

"Last week in Derry Petty Sessions Court in a case of assault against a local republican and his partner the PSNI stated that the reason they were originally stopped was because they were Republicans. This is totally unacceptable and I intend to raise the matter at the next meeting of the Policing Board.

"It is as legitimate to hold a Republican viewpoint as much as any other viewpoint and I am sure that there would be an outcry if the PSNI stopped someone on the basis that they were Unionist or Nationalist.

"The fact that the Judge dismissed the case due to the fact that evidence was construed by the Police officers present and this needs to be addressed. I will be wanting to know what disciplinary action will be taken against these officers for falsifying evidence.

"This man has been on the receiving end of a harassment campaign by the PSNI due to his political affiliations and this must stop immediately. If the PSNI want to earn the trust of the Nationalist community then they must respect the rights of individuals to hold legitimate political viewpoints and for people to express them in legitimate ways of protest." ENDS

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