[Sinn Fein]

6th November 2002

The removal of the Special Branch is the litmus test for Compton Review

Commenting this morning before the publication of the Compton Review Sinn Fein spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly said:

"One of the core issues to be dealt with if we are to achieve a new beginning to policing is the continuing control by Special Branch and MI5 of all aspects of policing in this state. The result of this has been collusion, shoot-to-kill and a manipulation of loyalist death squads.

"The Compton Review arose directly from these activities and the attempts by Special Branch to frustrate any investigation of any of their activities during the Ombudsman's investigation into the Omagh bombing.

"The litmus test for the Compton Review and a central requirement for a new beginning to policing is the ending of political and military manipulation of policing and the removal of the Special Branch as a force within a force. There must be full accountability and transpaarency in all aspects of policing." ENDS

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