14 October 2005

British Need To Make Statement On Eric Anderson Affair

Sinn Féin

Published: 14 October, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty has demanded that the British government make a statement on the activities of former Special Branchman Eric Anderson. Mr Doherty said that he is 'stunned' that neither Security
Minister Shaun Woodward nor his boss Peter Hain have made any comment on the Eric Anderson affair before now.

Mr Doherty said:

"It is now well over 24 hours since former Special Branchman Eric Anderson admitted on camera to stealing confidential files relating to murder investigations in a bid to frustrate the work of the Police Ombudsman.

"I am stunned given the gravity of the matters exposed that neither security Minister Shaun Woodward nor his boss Peter Hain have yet to make any public comment on what can only be described as a developing scandal.

"Nationalists and republicans have long known about the destructive role being played by the RUC old guard both inside and outside the current policing structures. Nationalists and republicans know only too well the
role of Special Branch in passing confidential files onto loyalist death squads in the past.
"The British government and the PSNI need to realise that this issue is not going away. Eric Anderson has admitted involvement in serious criminal activity. The response of the British government and its agencies to this matter is an acid test of their commitment to the process and their commitment to tackling malign influences who have up until now had a free reign to try and undermine efforts to consolidate and advance the peace process." ENDS

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