28 October 2005

Ex-Special Branch men have something to hide

Sinn Féin

Published: 28 October, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Collusion, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has said that the decision of senior Special Branch officers to refuse to participate in to a Police Ombudsman investigation into a string of UVF murders involving a Special Branch agent will only make nationalist more determined to expose the true nature and extent of collusion between the RUC and British Army and Loyalists.

Mr Doherty said:

"The reality is that Ronnie Flanagan transferred much of the RUC Special Branch structures responsible for directing the policy of collusion into the PSNI. These people need to be weeded out of the PSNI if we are to have any chance to realising a new beginning to policing that is free from partisan political control.

"However, the evidence to date is that political policing is alive and well within the PSNI and other agencies that are contaminated by former RUC Special Branch officers.

"The refusal of senior Special Branch officers to co-operate with a Police Ombudsman investigation into UVF murders and the revelations surrounding Eric Anderson and the theft of files only further exposes the fact that many of these people know that they have something to hide because they know that what they were involved in was wrong." ENDS

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