[Sinn Fein]

7th October 2002

Kelly responds to Huge Orde's PSNI defence

Commenting on PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde's defence of the bogus raid by the PSNI on the Assembly, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said:

``This was a bogus raid. Its aim was to veil a direct political intervention by the PSNI. It proved to be a thin and wholly transparent veil.

``It was a political theatre. Two disks were scooped at random, from dozens of disks to provide pretence of a raid, to provide a spurious justification.

``It has rebounded.

``Hugh Orde's weasel words about the manner in which this was done cut no ice. The PSNI, like the RUC, is operating to a unionist agenda.

``Huge Orde, like his predecessors will defend the PSNI - right or wrong. That is the inevitable corruption of the head of a police force, which continues to have a political agenda. This is one reason why the PSNI remains unacceptable.''

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