[Sinn Fein]

12th December 2001

RUC most to gain from Stobie killing

Sinn Fein Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly commenting on last nights killing of William Stobie said:

``People should not jump to conclusions that this was simply a loyalist attack. It is another sad and tragic twist to an unravelling story of collusion.

``While a loyalist may have been the person who pulled the trigger it is clear that those who had most to gain from the death of William Stobie were his RUC Special Branch handlers.

``Many people will be convinced that this killing smells of the RUC Special Branch and British Military Intelligence getting rid of an embarrassment and potential problems down the road.

``These suspicions will be compounded by the timing of the shooting, on the day that the spotlight is firmly on the Special Branch and their role in the Omagh bombing.''

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