[Sinn Fein]

2nd November 1999

Sinn Fein calls for the release of North Belfast Man

Sinn Fein Assembly member for north Belfast Gerry Kelly has called for the immediate release of a north Belfast man who was this morning arrested by the RUC and flown to London. The arrest which took place in the early hours of the morning, involved considerable damage being done to the man's home and business, a New Lodge Taxi depot. As a result of the latter up to 12 local people have been put out of work.

Assembly member Kelly said:

``This morning's rais is an appaling act which saw one man arrested and his home and business badly damaged. Once again the RUC are involved in activities which run counter to the peace process and can only cause difficulties for those who are attempting to break the present political impasse.

``I am calling for the man's immediate release and an explanation from the NIO Security Minister Adam Ingram. We are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness.''

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