Policing Board to review OTR info

Published Thursday, 27 February 2014
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The Northern Ireland Policing Board has launched a review into what information was available to it regarding 'on-the-runs'.

Policing Board to review OTR info
The Policing Board will review what information it had. (© Pacemaker)

It comes after the case against Co Donegal man John Downey, who was charged with involvement in the IRA bombing of Hyde Park in 1982, had to be thrown out last week because he was mistakenly sent a letter from the PSNI telling him he was no longer a suspect.

The revelations have led to a political "crisis" in Northern Ireland with First Minister Peter Robinson, who says the DUP was "kept in the dark" over the issue, threatening to resign.

A brief statement from a spokesperson for the Policing Board has confirmed that it will investigate what information it had about 'on-the-run' cases.

It said: "A review has been initiated to establish what information was made available to the Policing Board."

John Downey, 62, had been charged with the murders of four soldiers after his arrest at Gatwick Airport last year. He strenuously denies the charges that had been put to him.

He was detained because his name was on the UK's most wanted list - but in 2007, despite the outstanding warrant, he had been mistakenly told in a PSNI letter he was no longer a suspect.

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john stewart in n. ireland wrote (339 days ago):
Should just have asked Gerry Kelly!
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