[Sinn Fein]

7th May 2003

Policing Board should not provide cover for non publication of full Stevens Report

Sinn Fein Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly has re-iterated Sinn Fein's demand for the full publication of the Stevens' Report and an independent international judicial inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane and other victims of state sponsored murder. Speaking as PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde met the Policing Board to discuss the Stevens Report, Mr Kelly said:

``The Stevens Report, or the fraction of it that has been made public, demonstrate the existence of the wholesale and systematic collusion of the British state with Unionist paramilitaries in the killing of citizens.

``The issue of state sponsored murder is one that is of the deepest and gravest concern to the public. The Stevens Report should be published in full. It is in the public interest. There should be no excuses.

``The Policing Board should not provide cover for Hugh Orde or anyone else who wishes to block the publication of this report.

``Sinn Fein fully supports the families who have lost loved ones as a result of a British state policy of colluding in the murder of citizens in their demand for an independent international judicial inquiry.''

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