[Sinn Fein]

3rd September 2002

Kelly accuses Trimble of interfering in trial of three Irishmen in Colombia

Responding to media reports that First Minister David Trimble has discussed the trials of three Irishmen currently imprisoned in Colombia during a meeting with the Colombian Vice President, Sinn Fein MLA for North Belfast Gerry Kelly this afternoon accused Mr. Trimble of `deliberately prejudicing the right to a fair trial of three Irishmen.' Mr. Kelly said:

``David Trimble is in South Africa in his capacity as First Minister to attend the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development. For him to use this visit to promote the partisan politics of the Ulster Unionist Party in order to undermine the peace process and to interfere in the upcoming trial of three Irishmen in Colombia is appalling.''

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