[Sinn Fein]

13 August 1996

Adams expresses outrage at Nelson release

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams last night expressed ``outrage at the secretive release of British Agent, Brian Nelson.

Mr. Adams said:

``Once again, as in the cases of Private Ian Thain and Private Lee Clegg, the British government has demonstrated that it has one law for British soldiers and agents and another for Irish political prisoners.

``This decision will outrage the families of scores of victims of the loyalist death-squads, who died as a result of Nelson's actions.

``The secretive release of Brian Nelson, before he had served even half his sentence, is as much part of the dirty war that Britain has fought in Ireland over 25 years, as was Nelson's role as a British agent involved in collusion and the murder of catholics.

``Brian Nelson's release does not close the door on collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and the British. On the contary, I am confident that it will ensure that this issue will return to haunt the British government.''

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