20 May 1999 Edition

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Impartial police call


``In the early 1990s, the RUC burst into my home, placed my girlfriend and myself under house arrest and began to search. They took pictures and letters as evidence and took me to Castlereagh for questioning.

``During the interview, a detective (who I can identify) said unless I worked for them they would remand my girlfriend on a charge of `having information likely to be useful to terrorists'.

``They asked me if I knew Gerard Casey from Rasharkin. He then informed me it was his mates who ``stiffed'' Casey. The CID man said I would get the same.''

The above is a section from a statement handed out at a meeting omn policing and equality of treatment hosted by the Irish National Congress in Dublin last Saturday.

The conference was held to stimulate debate and heighten awareness of what the INC wants to see instituted, which is ``an impartial, anti sectarian, unarmed and culturally balanced police service which respects and protects the legitimacy of both political traditions, upholds human rights and implements just laws without fear or favour''. The Irish National Congress believes there are no other alternatives.

An Phoblacht
44 Parnell Sq.
Dublin 1

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