27th May 2003
Sinn Fein Launch Collusion Document
Sinn Fein this morning launched a dossier entitled Who sanctioned Britain's Death Squads - Time for the Truth. Those attending the launch included Sinn Fein Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly, Upper Bann Representative Dara O'Hagan, South Belfast Representative Alex Maskey and Donegal Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn.
Speaking at the launch Gerry Kelly said:
"Sinn Fein presented this dossier to the Taoiseach on Saturday morning. It details the involvement of the British government through its agencies - MIS, British Military Intelligence and Special Branch - in the murder of citizens across the island, These agencies continue to operate and are intent on destabilising the peace process.
"Sinn Fein has been highlighting these activities for years. These activities involve the manipulation, control and direction of loyalist death squads in the murder of citizens.
"In the past number of weeks these concerns have been heightened by the partial publication of Stevens, the spying incident involving leaked transcripts of conversations between Martin McGuinness and Downing Street, the British Intelligence briefings and unsubstantiated allegations concerning an alleged British agent in the IRA and the reports of UVF collusion with military and police personnel in the murder of citizens.
"The response of the British government has been predictable. They maintain their wall of silence, their obstruction of inquires, their failure to disclose information, their destruction of evidence and their refusal to investigate.
"The lid needs to be lifted and we need full disclosure. The people of Ireland are demanding the truth and the people of Britain have a right to know what was done in their name.
In summary Sinn Fein:
- fully supports the inquiry demands by the Finucane, Nelson and Hamill families.
- demands full and proper disclosure of all relevant information by British government departments and agencies in relation to all cases of collusion. For example, there must be full disclosure to inquests, the Stevens' Inquiry, the Saville Tribunal and the Barren Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombs.
- demands the publication in full of the Stevens and Stalker/Sampson reports.
- demands that the Force Research Unit renamed the Joint Services Group be disbanded.
- demands the Patten Report on policing must be implemented in full. The British government, in the Good Friday Agreement, signed up to a police service, which is representative, accountable, and acceptable to the community as a whole and imbued with a human rights ethos. There must be full local democratic accountability.
- demands that the British government end the operations by British Intelligence agencies aimed at destabilising the peace process.
- demands that the Irish Government seek and be afforded full and proper disclosure by the British Government on all information vital to the rights and welfare of Irish citizens and the defence of the peace process."
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