[Sinn Fein]

6th November 1999

Collusion - a constant factor in the actions of the loyalist death squads

Sinn Fein North Belfast Assembly representative Gerry Kelly has revealed that following the find of files in an Orange Hall at Stoneyford, an Andersonstown man was visited last evening by the RUC. He was told that his details are in the possession of loyalist death squads and were found in the Orange Hall.

Mr. Kelly said:

``The man was met by a wall of silence when he tried to find out from the RUC exactly what information the loyailsts have.

``I can only assume that the other 299 people identified in these files are now being informed by the RUC that they are on these lists. I would urge anyone approached by the RUC to immediately contact their solicitor and inform Sinn Fein representatives.

``These files are apparently relatively new and provide hard evidence that collusion has remained a constant factor in the actions of the loyalist death squads. It is further support for the demand for a full public and internationally based inquiry into these matters and especially the Brian Nelson case.

``In the short term the British Minister with responsibility for the RUC, Adam Ingram would instruct this force not to withhold vital information >from the victims of this conspiracy, information that might save their lives. The RUC should be ordered to provide collusion victims with all of the information on them, which the RUC know to be in the possession of loyalists.''

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