4 November 1999 Edition

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Sinn Féin calls for release of North Belfast man

Sinn Féin Assembly member for north Belfast Gerry Kelly has called for the immediate release of a north Belfast man who was arrested by the RUC on Tuesday morning, 2 November, 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.

Kelly said: ``This morning's raid is an appalling 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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